A fatal bicycle accident happened Wednesday (July 14, 2021) evening in West Rogers Park.  This bicycle accident involved a collision between a pickup truck and bicycle ridden by a 9-year-old boy.

The July 15, 2021 Chicago Tribune article titled “Child riding bicycle struck by vehicle, killed in West Rogers Park” discusses this fatal collision.

An excerpt:

Bicycling accidents are notable as they often lead to serious accident injuries.  Some of these injuries are life-threatening in nature.

There are many reasons for bicycle accidents.  Some crashes result because of the fault of the rider, such as errors in controlling the bike.  In other instances, the bicycle accident is the fault of another party, such as a motorist who fails to yield to a bicyclist, thereby hitting the bike.

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On this site many accidents involving “wrong-way drivers” have been summarized.  These crashes are notable in many regards.  They often lead to serious accident injuries that in many cases result in one or more fatalities.

These crashes involving drivers traveling in the wrong direction have occurred throughout the Chicago area.  Often, these accidents occur early in the morning, and the driver who is driving in the wrong lane is driving while intoxicated, caused by excessive alcohol consumption.

Saturday (May 29, 2021) morning there was a fatal wrong-way crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway.  The crash involved three vehicles and led to two people being killed and two other people being injured.

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“Dangerous intersections” can pose a threat to various types of road users.  These road users include drivers of passenger vehicles, truck drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  “Dangerous intersections” have been discussed on this site due to the frequency of accidents and injuries that often occur at these intersections.  There can be many reasons why an intersection can be considered dangerous.  Among the reasons can be too much traffic for the roadway; poor visibility; a confusing layout; lack of adequate traffic control; and inappropriate speed limits.

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Wrong-way drivers continue to be a significant traffic safety problem.  On this site, various accidents that have involved wrong-way drivers have been summarized in posts found under the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category.  These crashes are notable in many regards, especially since they usually result in severe injuries and, in many cases, one of more fatalities.

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Pedestrian accidents often result in serious accident injuries.  Among the most common injuries are broken bones, bruises, and head injuries.  However, due to the nature of a person getting hit by a vehicle there is a broad range of injuries that can occur.  These injuries are often serious in nature.

As noted in posts concerning pedestrian accidents, it is not uncommon for people to be hit by a vehicle even when they are lawfully walking in a crosswalk.  Also, people have been hit by vehicles when they are walking on sidewalks away from the roadway.  If a driver loses control of a vehicle, pedestrians in the area can be put at risk.

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A February 10, 2021 Avondale neighborhood bicycle accident has resulted in the bicyclist being critically injured.  This Avondale bicycle accident occurred on North Kimball and involved a SUV that hit the bicyclist.  The SUV had allegedly previously been carjacked.

At the time of the collision the cyclist was riding north on North Kimball.

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A Garfield Ridge head-on collision has led to one fatality and several people being seriously injured.  According to Chicago Police, this Garfield Ridge head-on collision occurred Wednesday (January 20, 2021) evening at approximately 9:35 p.m. in the 4900 block of South Cicero Avenue.  The accident occurred after a Chevrolet Impala crossed the center line and ran into an oncoming Cadillac SUV.

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Driver impairment by drugs has been increasing in nature over the last few years.  While the drugs typically used by these drug-impaired drivers varies wildly, among the most common include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth.

Another source of driver impairment that seems less frequent is that of “huffing.”  Huffing is a term used to describe the inhalation of various household products and industrial products whose vapors, when inhaled, produce a “high.”

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