Cyclist allegedly injured by opening car door sues driver

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 21, 2015

A Cook County resident filed suit against a driver, claiming negligence in a 2014 bicycle-car collision in Chicago.

Matthew Eichberger of Chicago brought a complaint against Valerie McCarty of Chicago on July 16 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging injuries in a June 2014 incident.

The suit states that Eichberger was riding a bicycle southbound on South Morgan Street at or near the 1300 block on June 13, 2014, at approximately 7:15 p.m. According to the filing, the defendant, who was operating a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am, was stopped in traffic, allegedly instructed her minor child to open the vehicle’s door and discharged a passenger into the bicyclist’s direct path in an unsafe manner.

The plaintiff asserts that McCarty failed to keep a proper lookout in order to warn her child of an approaching bicycle, and negligently and illegally parked a vehicle in a traffic lane.

Court documents indicate that Eichberger’s injuries, which were not detailed in the filing, resulted in medical bills. The plaintiff seeks damages of more than $50,000 plus interest, attorney’s fees and costs. He is represented in the case by Joseph Vietri of Keating Law Offices in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L007336

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