According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 700 cyclists were killed in accidents with motor vehicles in 2012. Nearly 50,000 other cyclists were hurt in automobile crashes during that same year, leading to an exorbitant number of victims created in car-bike collisions. Many more cyclists have been injured and killed since this data was released, including some who live in and around the Chicago metropolitan area.
Most recently a 39-year-old Niles resident was killed by a car while riding his bike. The man was struck by a car while riding on West Howard Street in the northern Chicago suburban community. Though he was taken to a local hospital for treatment, he did not survive his catastrophic injuries.