Personal Injury – Bicycle Injuries – $5M Settlement in Truck versus Bicycle Accident

April 14, 2012

The interesting thing that I keep seeing in personal injuries resulting from intersection related incidents, is that the person who is in the intersection at the time the personal injury event occurs, regardless of stop signs and who did or did not stop at the signs, controls the the intersection and therefore has the right of way.

In the personal injury case illustrated below, since the Plaintiff must have already been in the intersection, therefore was in control of the intersection, had the right of way. The truck driver did not look to his right before proceeding into the intersection and hit the biker causing him catastrophic injuries.

In other words, just because a person failed to stop at a stop sign, does not give green light for other drivers to plow them over…

A case involving an elderly bicycle rider who lost part of his leg after a truck struck him recently settled for $5 million.The case stems from an Aug. 14, 2009, accident between Paul Zanoni and a Mack truck.

On that date, Zanoni rode his bicycle home from church when a truck owned by Rossi Contractors Inc. of Northlake hit him near a Bellwood intersection, said [Plaintiff’s Lawyers].

Zanoni did not stop his bicycle at the crosswalk near the intersection of Madison Street and 25th Avenue in Bellwood, he said.The truck’s driver, John O’Shea, moved through the intersection but did not look to the right and struck Zanoni, he said. Zanoni became trapped under his bike and the truck dragged him about 40 feet before stopping.

via Chicago Daily Law Bulletin – The City’s No. 1 Source for the Law Profession.

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Slip, Trip & Fall Injuries – Safety Tip from Fermilab Today: Walk Like a Duck!

November 29, 2011


To avoid slips, trips and falls, walk like a duck with your feet pointed slightly outward to establish a more secure center of balance.

Each year 265,000 people in the United States lose at least one day of work time because of non-fatal injuries from slips, trips and falls, according to the National Safety Council.Slips, trips and falls result in 17 percent of all non-fatal workplace injuries per year, the highest injury rate of any regulated activity. They are also the second leading cause of injury and death in the utility and construction industry. Slips, trips and falls can result in everything from mere embarrassment to pulled muscles.

Falls are usually divided into two areas – same level and from a height. Fermilab’s incident history tells us most of our falls are of the same-level variety.

By incorporating a few of these prevention steps in your safety plan, you can reduce the amount of slips, trips and falls at your location.

  • Be aware of current weather conditions and how it could affect walking surfaces.
  • Scan ahead while walking to spot any hazards ahead.
  • Remove hazards you encounter, or Maneuver carefully around the hazards.
  • Keep your work area clean and free of clutter.
  • Choose appropriate footwear to match your environment, especially in winter.
  • Improve the lighting in your work area.
  • Alert others of hazard by using cones or other barriers and notify your supervisor or safety officer immediately.

Inclemental weather presents the greatest challenge for avoiding falls. Take five! Slow down, keep a steady footing and watch where you step. In snowy and icy areas, shorten your stride to keep your center of balance.

—J.B. Dawson

via Fermilab Today.

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