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Hello All, I recently was in a crash with a car (see the "What's this doing in the bike lane?" Thread) where the driver failed to yield right in front of me and I got tossed into the windshield and then over the hood.  The police report states that the accident was due to failure to yield, although I am not sure if the driver was actually given a ticket. Luckily, I ended up having fairly minor injuries considering the circumstances, but I am concerned I am going to get hit with a large medical bill for my ambulance ride and ER visit, plus damages to my bike and helmet.

The insurance company listed on the police report doesn't insure cars outside of IL and refuses to even look up the policy number listed, so either the driver doesn't have their insurance/registration set up correctly or the cop wrote the wrong thing down (along with the errors in my name and birth date).  The driver is not returning my calls and my health insurance says I have to file a claim myself with their auto insurance before they will do anything about it.  I don't have car insurance, but I do have motorcycle insurance. 

So far it seems like I will need a lawyer for this one.  Does anyone have a recomendation of the local bike lawyers? Or ones to stay away from? Also, do you think motorcycle insurance would help with any of this? Thanks!

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hey! have you called the crash support hotline by any chance? http://activetrans.org/resources/crash-support/after-crash can be useful. 

Definitely call an attorney! Mike Keating at Keating Law is an avid supporter of the community (http://keatinglegal.com/) as is FK Law. Active Trans will also have other attorneys, although these are the two who definitely show up! 

I am so sorry this happened to you! I just got hit by a car on Wednesday and it's the G-D worst, including the pinche CPD. Good lord. But you CAN get help with this! And heal well.

I just retained Keating Law Offices PC, 111 W. Washington.  312.239.6787.

Check out their website. They take on a lot of bike cases and are really great to work with.

Yes, Mike Keating would be a wise choice as an attorney.

I second Freeman Kevenides Law Firm, LLC.

Jim gave a talk about bicycle laws last summer, and he was very knowledgeable and very much on the biker's side.

James Freeman

Freeman Kevenides Law Firm, LLC

120 S State Street Suite 200 Chicago IL

bikelawillinois.com

Freeman Kevenides law firm

312-629-1901

I used Freeman Kevenides when someone turned left in front of me causing a crash in May 2015 - they were wonderful to work with.

Sorry to hear you were in a crash, and I hope you're OK now. 

I've had excellent service and excellent results with Jeffrey Friedman (friedman@jmflaw.com; 312-357-1431, 120 S. State St.). Jeffrey was attentive, helpful and easy to work with. (And he's a cyclist.)

Best regards, Greg

Thanks everyone for the recomendations...got in touch with Freeman Kevenides so hopefully I can get everything figured out!

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