Bicyclist Critically Injured In Glencoe Amazon Delivery Van Accident
Truck Accident - September 29, 2023
Cyclist From Highland Park Hospitalized Following Collision With Amazon Van By Sheridan Road and South Avenue
GLENCOE, ILLINOIS (September 29, 2023) – A cyclist was seriously injured in Glencoe with an Amazon delivery van by Sheridan Road and South Avenue.
Glencoe police officials are saying that the accident took place around 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday. A cyclist was riding down Sheridan Road when they were struck by an Amazon Dodge Ram ProMaster van.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. An ambulance took the cyclist to Evanston Hospital in critical condition.
The Amazon truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police. A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Glencoe Amazon Truck Accidents
As Amazon has continued to grow over the years so to have the number of collisions involving Amazon delivery vehicles. According to the New York Times, “Amazon’s promise of speedy delivery has come at a price, one largely hidden from public view. An investigation by ProPublica identified more than 60 accidents since June 2015 involving Amazon delivery contractors that resulted in serious injuries, including 10 deaths.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to an accident with an Amazon delivery vehicle.
- Delivery drivers may make dangerous left turns.
- Delivery drivers may fail to scan the road ahead of them for hazards.
- Delivery drivers may follow cyclists too closely.
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting bicyclists. According to Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-601, no person shall operate a motor vehicle at a speed greater than would be reasonable or prudent given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a driver fails to slow down to avoid hitting a bicyclist, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. In particular, drivers must maintain at least three feet of separation from cyclists at all times.
Depending on the facts of any case, the company that a delivery driver worked for could be liable for a collision. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. However, Amazon has consistently tried to evade liability for collisions by hiring drivers as “independent contractors.” Victims of car accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Being involved in a serious car accident is often one of the most difficult things that most people will ever go through. Victims are often left with high medical bills and may need to take extensive periods of time off of work. Any person that is injured in a car accident with a delivery vehicle may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.
Investigating Illinois Amazon Truck Accidents
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the cyclist injured in this Glencoe collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in an Amazon delivery van accident? Our team of bicycle safety advocates are here to help. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. Whether you have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.