What a bummer. I suppose it is at least progress that they didn't call this an "accident."
But set your stopwatches and get ready for the comments by the mouth-frothing bike haters who won't actually read and/or comprehend the sequence of events...
A squad car with its lights and sirens activated was headed north along Sacramento Avenue when a second vehicle T-boned the police car at the intersection of Logan Boulevard about 7:30 a.m., Chicago Police said.
The impact of the collision forced the squad car to hit a 27-year-old man on a bike who was riding southbound on Sacramento, according to Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago police spokeswoman.
My wife saw the wreckage - the cars looked pretty bad. Praying for the cyclist and the cop.
It's really frustrating how little attention Chicago drivers pay to sirens and lights. Near this very place (on Sacramento, just south of Logan), I was riding my daughter to school last week and an ambulance came from behind with sirens blaring. After I pulled over, a schoolbus driver who had been waiting to turn left onto Sacramento decided to take the opportunity, causing the ambulance to swerve to avoid a crash (a crash that probably would have been very bad for daughter and myself, given the size and trajectory of the vehicles involved).
The importence of paying attention to sirens is one reason why I don't listen to the radio when I'm driving in the city.
This is a very good point. The Illinois Tort Immunity Act provides protection to police officers who have their "sirens and lights" engaged and are "responding" to an official call. This leads to a lot of police officers claiming the sirens and lights were on during a call no matter what. Not saying that is what happened in this instance, just that it does happen.
Wanted to add to this. I came out the other day minutes after this accident happened and saw the poor cyclist writhing in pain on the median. I hope he's ok. From where the cars hit he was thrown quite a ways. People who witnessed the whole thing were stunned to see him moving at all. Two things struck me:
Cops fly through intersections around here (Sacramento and Logan) like madmen. I don't think this played a part - a lady told me this was a motorist speeding to make a light - but anyone who lives in Logan Square can probably attest to the insane speeds cops can reach when the lights are flashing. The day after this happened I saw cop blow a traffic light without even lighting up just cause he didn't want to wait at the light.
I'd like to know someday if the cyclist is ok and what happened. I think as bicyclists in this dangerous city we need to be aware of the matrix of dangers presented to us at any given moment. Sometimes I think it's easy to focus on one event - a car that nearly cut me off - getting through a yellow light - etc - at the expensive of being aware of the multitude of events that could pose a threat. In order to concentrate more fully I pretend sometimes (especially on Milwuakee) that I have a heads-up-display like Terminator.
Stay safe out there.
Thomas, so glad to hear you are ok and have recovered. Wow. That's a lot to go through. Sorry this happened to you and then you had to deal with the reckless driver being underinsured. Take care and congratulations on your first day back commuting on your bike.
Thanks for posting this update. I'm really glad to hear that you're ok. I hope any remainder of your recovery goes well.
Thomas, you may be the new face of urban resiliency! That's an incredible story, I'm thrilled you're back up and at it on two wheels, some people never regain their nerve after accidents much less severe.
And a huge *thank you* for the insurance info, I honestly can't remember what the heck I have, but sounds like something more of us should be signing up for.
Best wishes for the remainder of the century to be accident-free for you!
(love your youtube video title "Bike accident on 12/18/15 broke the face, and science fixed it" by the way)
I'm glad to hear that you've made a good recovery and that there was insurance coverage. This is why it's really smart to have good UM/UIM coverage.
Also, for someone who doesn't own a car but occasionally drives, a non-owner policy with UM/UIM coverage may be an option. If you're hit by an uninsured, underinsured or unidentified hit & run driver, it can help a lot.
I once asked State Farm about a named non-owner policy (Allstate doesn't offer it), and it seemed very expensive. They were basically charging a full auto policy, less the insurance for the actual car. It was priced for someone who would drive everyday but didn't own a car, instead of pricing for someone who might rent a car a few times a year.
They have bicyclist roadside assistance program, and non-owners vehicle insurance in a few states. Not Illinois, but they do promise to find you non-owners vehicle insurance in your state.