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A bicyclist died yesterday after being struck by a semi truck in the Noble Square neighborhood of Chicago. The accident marks the second time this Fall that a bicyclist has died after being struck by a semi truck in the City of Chicago. In early October, a bicyclist swerved to avoid an open car door and was struck and killed by a semi truck on the Near North Side.

In the accident yesterday, the truck and the bicyclist were traveling westbound when the driver of the truck tried to make a right turn and struck the bicyclist. The driver of the truck received a citation from the police for an improper right turn.

These tragic accidents highlight the importance of being observant of bicyclists, especially on the busy streets of Chicago. Bicyclists are very vulnerable on the road and rely on drivers to pay careful attention to them. As a personal injury attorney with experience handling bicycle accident cases, I have seen the devastating results of car accidents involving bicyclists. Therefore, I ask all Chicago motorists to use extreme caution when around bicyclists so that tragic accidents like these can be avoided in the future.

Last week, a Highland Park teenager pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless homicide and aggravated DUI. According to police, the teen was inhaling fumes from a computer cleaning product while driving when she careened onto the sidewalk and struck and killed a five year old girl. The girl’s mother and two siblings were also injured in the crash.

This activity, known as “huffing,” occurs when a person inhales certain household products to obtain a temporary high. Although quite dangerous on its own, this tragic accident shows that users may be huffing while driving, an unquestionably deadly combination.

As a car accident attorney in Chicago, I have seen how impaired driving leads to deadly accidents. Any level of impairment on any substance reduces a driver’s ability to safely drive. It is simply selfish of intoxicated drivers to put the lives of innocent drivers at stake because they believe they can “handle their buzz.” I hope that the aggressive criminal prosecution of this teenager serves as a stern warning to others who might consider huffing and driving.

The Highway Loss Data Institute has released a study naming the cars with the highest injury rates per crash. Cars that rated poorly in this study were the Toyota Yaris, Suzuki SX4, Chevrolet Aveo, Mitsubishi Galant, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa and Sentra, Hyundai Accent and Dodge Avenger. The study also demonstrated that cars with the highest injury rates were small and light. Proponents of this study believe that it is more effective than crash simulations for predicting which cars’ occupants are most likely to be injured in real world crashes.

As a car and truck accident attorney in the busy city of Chicago, I have seen a wide variety of injuries from car crashes including many which were very severe. If you or a loved one owns one of the cars that rated poorly in this study, I would respectfully suggest that you consider a larger, heavier car next time you are car shopping.

A bicyclist was struck and killed by a semi truck today on the Near North Side of Chicago. According to police, the bicyclist was traveling in the southbound lane when he swerved suddenly to avoid an open car door and fell underneath the front wheels of the truck’s trailer.

This tragic accident highlights the importance of being observant of bicyclists, especially on the busy streets of Chicago, as they are very vulnerable and rely on others for their safety. As a car accident attorney, I have seen the devastating results of car accidents involving bicyclists. Bicyclists simply have no effective way of protecting themselves when they are in the path of a car. Therefore, I ask all Chicago motorists to use extreme caution when around bikers so that tragic accidents like this one can be avoided in the future.

Today, General Motors announced that it is recalling 473,841 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn sedans to repair a defect that causes the cars to roll forward after drivers believe the cars are in park. The automaker explained that locking tabs on a shift cable could break causing the transmission gear position to not match the gear on the shifter. In other words, the car may appear to be in Park, when in fact it is in Neutral or Drive.

At this point, GM is aware of four crashes that have resulted from this defect. Yet considering the number of cars affected by this defect, it is highly likely that more crashes have occurred.

As a car accident attorney in Chicago, I believe that this particular type of defect poses a major safety hazard that could result in serious injury or death. For example, if a driver mistakenly believes that his or her car is in Park, the car could easily be left to roll forward on its own into an unsuspecting group of people. Moreover, the driver himself could be in danger if he exited the car on an incline believing the car was in Park, and stood behind the car to remove an item from the trunk.

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