Child Injured In Buffalo Grove Van Accident on Dundee Road
Pedestrian Accident - August 7, 2023
13-Year-Old Bicyclist Injured In Buffalo Grove Car Accident With Utility Van By The Intersection of Dundee Road and Arlington Heights Road
BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS (August 7, 2023) – A child riding a bicycle was injured in a Buffalo Grove bicycle accident with a van along Dundee Road and Arlington Heights Road.
Lake County officials are saying that the accident took place around 5:37 p.m. on Monday. A child was riding a bicycle when he was struck by a Ford utility van with ladders on the roof.
The impact caused the boy to become trapped underneath the white van. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.
The boy was transported to a local hospital in order to receive treatment. A full investigation into the cause of the Buffalo Grove car accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Buffalo Grove Bicycle Accidents
Far too many people are killed or seriously injured every year in bicycle accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Nearly 1,000 bicyclists die and over 130,000 are injured in crashes that occur on roads in the United States every year. Adolescents, teens, and young adults have the highest rates of bicycle-related injuries treated in emergency departments (EDs). People ages 10-24 account for nearly one-third of all bicycle-related injuries seen in US EDs.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a bicycle accident.
- Most bicycle accidents occur in urban areas.
- About a third of fatal bicycle accidents involve an intoxicated driver.
- Roughly two out of every three bicycle accidents occur away from intersections where drivers are more likely to speed.
Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-1003.1), all drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting bicyclists. If a driver fails to slow down to avoid hitting a bicyclist this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Many collisions occur when drivers are making turns and fail to properly scan the road ahead of them. Drivers are also more likely to hit bicyclists when they are not traveling at a speed safe for the prevailing conditions of the road.
Depending on the facts of any case, the company that a van driver worked for could be liable for a collision. Vans are often used for commercial purposes. In general, companies are liable for the tortious actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any accident involving a commercial van.
- The purpose of the van driver’s trip should be understood.
- The safety record of the company involved should be examined.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- A thorough investigation should be conducted.
Victims of bicycle accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries. Even after a person’s physical injuries have healed, many accident victims are left with long-term PTSD. Any person that is injured due to the negligent actions of a driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any accident. Regardless of what any person claims, evidence will reveal what really took place and who was at fault.
Investigating Lake County Bicycle Accidents
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the bicyclist injured in this collision and his family. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to make this intersection safer. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Buffalo Grove bicycle accident? Our team of bicycle safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support after a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.