Teenage Bicyclist Critically Injured In Batavia Car Accident
All Others - June 16, 2023
Teenage Bicyclist Injured In Batavia Collision With Driver Suspected of DUI By Batavia Avenue at Union Avenue
BATAVIA, ILLINOIS (June 16, 2023) – A teenage bicyclist was critically injured in a Batavia car accident with a driver suspected of DUI by Batavia Avenue at Union Avenue.
Kane County officials are saying that the accident took place on May 31. A teenager was heading down the road on a bicycle when they were hit by a GMC Denali.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.
Police charged the driver of the GMC Denali with aggravated DUI and driving without a valid license. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Batavia Car Accidents
Driver intoxication remains one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. According to the NHTSA, “Every day, about 37 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that’s one person every 39 minutes. In 2021, 13,384 people died in alcohol-impaired driving traffic deaths — a 14% increase from 2020.” Alcohol and drugs can impair a person’s ability to drive safely in a number of ways.
- Intoxicated drivers have a difficult time staying in one lane of traffic.
- Intoxicated drivers have a difficult time maintaining a safe speed.
- Intoxicated drivers are more likely to fall asleep during their trips.
Pursuant to Illinois Civil Code (625 ILCS 5/11-500), no person shall drive a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs or intoxicating compounds. There is a rebuttable presumption of negligence on the part of any driver that hits a bicyclist or pedestrian while intoxicated. Victims of bicycle accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
People often drive drunk dozens of times before they are eventually caught or involved in a collision. Any person that is injured due to the negligence of another driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that come with a serious accident. It is important that all evidence is preserved after any collision.
Investigating Illinois DUI Car Accidents
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the bicyclist injured in this Batavia collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a preventable collision that should not have taken place.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in an Illinois DUI car accident? Our team of bicycle safety advocates are here to help in any way that we can. 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 an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.