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Hit-and-Run Driver of Bicyclist Was Found Intoxicated and Refused a Breathalyzer Test

April 4, 2017

An unlicensed and allegedly drunk hit-and-run driver struck and killed a Queens food deliveryman has he pedaled his bike on his way home from work. Witnesses called 911. The cyclist was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim was a 32-year-old father of three young children.

Approximately four hours later, police located the negligent driver at an auto repair shop. Police said he was clearly intoxicated, but refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was arrested and charged with driving while impaired, aggravated unlicensed driving, refusal to take a breath test, and driving a vehicle without an interlock device.

The fact that he has been charged with driving a vehicle that doesn’t have an interlock device reveals that he has had at least one prior DWI conviction. In 2009, Leandra’s Law made it so that anyone who was found guilty of Driving While Intoxicated after August 15th, 2010 would need to have an ignition interlock device installed on each vehicle they own or regularly operate.

He will likely face additional charges of vehicular manslaughter, officials said. According to reports, the negligent driver has had his license revoked at least twice before, most recently in 2014.

While this is a devastating time for the bicyclist’s family, his wife should consult an experienced auto accident attorney to understand her rights. A wrongful death lawsuit can compensate the family for funeral and burial expenses and provide compensation for the loss of his income, loss of consortium, and even emotional trauma.

In the meantime, neighbors have started taking donations to help the family with this unexpected loss. However, the donations may not be enough to survive a long legal process. Once a lawsuit is filed, the family may wish to apply for litigation funding, a lawsuit cash advance in exchange for a portion of the future proceeds of the case.

Litigation Funding Corporation is a reputable legal finance company helping victims regain control of their lives and their finances while their attorney focuses on strengthening their case to obtain the compensation justly deserved. Our cash advances are based on the strength of the case; credit and employment are irrelevant. If approved for funding, the money can be available in as little as 24 hours.

Litigation funding is risk-free because repayment is contingent upon a successful recovery. If the case is lost, however, repayment is excused.

In the right situation, for the right plaintiff, litigation funding is clearly a service that plaintiffs should consider at a strategic time in the litigation. If you are the victim of an auto accident a civil suit could be your only recourse when attempting to recover the costs of medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages, or other economic damages. After filing a lawsuit, if you are experiencing financial hardship, contact Litigation Funding Corporation for a “staying power” advantage, so you can fight for justice and the compensation you deserve.

Bicyclist Fatally Injured After Being Struck By Semi in Bike Lane

August 18, 2016

A 20-year-old woman was struck by a semi-truck carrying construction supplies as she rode her bicycle in a Chicago neighborhood. She was transported to an area hospital, where she later died.

Witnesses told police they saw the woman riding within the bike lane when the truck moved to the right and hit her, dragging her body nearly 100 feet before coming to a stop. The driver of the semi remained at the scene. He was issued citations for driving in the bike lane and failure to take due care for a bicycle in the road.

Business owners said the area is the busiest bicycle corridor in the city. One side of the street has a concrete divider with reflector sticks that separate the bike lane from traffic. There is no divider on the other side of the street, which is where the fatal accident occurred. Making it even more dangerous, is recent construction in the area that has closed some portions of the bike lane, forcing cyclists to veer into the middle of the street.
While the accident is under investigation, the Chicago Department of Transportation (DOT) says it will also conduct a review to see if safety improvements, if any, can be made. In the meantime, family members of the deceased may wish to consult an experienced attorney. If a lawsuit is pursued, the family can include lifetime loss of earnings, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.

Seeking compensation can take a long time as their attorney looks into driver negligence, as well as whether the roadway was knowingly dangerous. During this lengthy litigation process, the family may face financial hardship. Contacting a litigation funding company may be one of the most important decision they make in order to remain financially stable until a settlement is reached. With a lawsuit cash advance, the family can pay the rent or mortgage, make car payments, pay funeral and burial expenses, or simply put food on the table. There is no need for credit or employment checks or monthly payments, and repayment is made only after case settlement. If the case is lost, repayment of the cash advance is waived.

If you have a viable wrongful death case and are represented by an attorney, and if you need a way to handle the enormous financial impact following a fatal auto accident, contact Litigation Funding Corporation. We not only offer a complimentary evaluation of your case, but can often provide a funding decision within 24 – 48 hours.

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