Bicyclist Injured In Mt Carmel Car Accident on Highway 1
Pedestrian Accident - October 14, 2023
Bicyclist Seriously Injured In Car Accident With Jeep In Mt Carmel
MT CARMEL, ILLINOIS (October 14, 2023) – An 18-year-old bicyclist was hospitalized following a Mt Carmel car accident by Wabash 10 Avenue and Empire Street.
Mt Carmel police officials are saying that the accident took place around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Two brothers were riding bicycles on Highway 1 South when one was hit by a Jeep traveling 60 mph.
Emergency medical responders were called to the scene in order to help the victim. The bicyclist was flown to a hospital in Evansville. A full investigation into the Mt Carmel collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Mt Carmel Car Accidents
Bicyclists are uniquely vulnerable to the hazards posed by motor vehicles. They are much more likely to be overlooked and lack the protection of enclosed vehicles. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Bicycle trips make up only 1% of all trips in the United States. However, bicyclists account for over 2% of people who die in a crash involving a motor vehicle on our nation’s roads.” There are a number of measures that drivers should take in order to avoid hitting bicyclists.
- Drivers should slow down at night and during periods of inclement weather.
- Drivers should maintain at least three feet of separation from bicyclists.
- Drivers should abstain from alcohol and other intoxicating substances.
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians and bicyclists. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-601), no driver shall operate a vehicle at a speed greater than what is reasonable or safe 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. Victims of bicycle accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Organ damage
Many accident victims will not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after any collision. They are often left with high medical bills and may need to take long amounts of time off of school or work. Any person that is injured in a bicycle accident may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.
Investigating Illinois Bicycle Accidents
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the victim of this Mt Carmel bicycle accident. It is our sincere hope that the victim will be able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Mt Carmel bicycle accident? Our team of bicycle safety advocates are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.