Woman Awarded $9.75 Million in Settlement for Bike Crash That Nearly Killed Her.

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Terri Cenar was a triathlete, and a well-known Chicago fitness instructor.  In November 2011, Ms. Cenar was involved in a bike accident in Chicago that changed her life forever. Ms. Cenar used to take bicycle vacations to the Rocky Mountains, and cycled an average of 2,000 miles a week prior to her accident. The crash left her permanently disabled and unable to continue competing in triathlons and cycling at her normal pace.

The bike crash in which she was injured flattened her pelvis and involved a 28,000-pound truck. As the tractor-trailer turned right, Ms. Cenar collided with the rear tire, which dragged her underneath it. Once she arrived at the hospital, Ms. Cenar was fitted with a binder. A binder is a device that holds bones together. A nurse described Ms. Cenar as having been “snapped like a chicken bone. Both her legs were snapped apart.” She required multiple surgeries due to her injuries.

Doctors used special vacuum sponges on Ms. Cenar’s wounds in order to remove excess fluids and help with healing. Her first surgery involved attaching a plate to her pubic bones in front of her pelvis. The surgeon secured the back part of her pelvis with screws and plates. This surgery involved hundreds of stitches and staples. Ms. Cenar has had fourteen surgeries since the accident. It is likely that she will need additional surgical procedures on her pelvis for the rest of her life.

After the accident, Ms. Cenar tested positive for cocaine metabolite. She admitted to using cocaine on the day before the crash, and two or three times in her entire life. There is no evidence that cocaine was involved in the crash or that Ms. Cenar was impaired at the time.

The driver of the truck was Anthony Hudson. Mr. Hudson was employed by Doka USA. According to records, Mr. Hudson’s commercial drivers’ license was suspended in 2007 and again in 2009. Ms. Cenar claims this should have made him ineligible to become a driver for Doka based on the company’s own safety policies.

The settlement was the largest in Illinois history for an accident involving a bicycle. Ms. Cenar was ready to go to trial in December, but the settlement was reached between the driver and the company he was working for before a pre-trial hearing.

Have you or a loved one ever been involved in a bicycle accident? If so, you may be entitled to compensation from those who are responsible. Call our Boston, MA personal injury law office 24/7 at 617-787-3700 for a free consultation. Our accident injury attorney specialists will work diligently to ensure you are given the compensation you deserve.

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