Michael Keating

Michael Keating founded Keating Law Offices in 2008 with the mission of representing individuals and families whose lives have been affected due to the negligence of others. Since that time, he has continuously obtained results on behalf of his clients in courtrooms throughout Illinois. He has been the attorney on hundreds of successful cases involving transportation negligence, nursing home negligence and abuse, and premises liability cases. The firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of its clients and their families for cases involving personal injury and wrongful death.

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The Illinois Secretary of State will now be required to include the “Dutch Reach” as a part of the Rules of the Road for Illinois motorists. The “Dutch Reach” is where a motorist opens the car door with their right hand. This action naturally requires the driver to look over their left shoulder and towards oncoming traffic. The goal of the “Dutch Reach” is to teach motorists to always check for oncoming cyclists prior to opening their vehicle door into traffic and to prevent doorings. Section 11-1407 of the Illinois Vehicle Code and Section 9-80-035 of Municipal Code of Chicago make…
News outlets are reporting that the bicyclist who lost her life in a crash in the West Loop was 39-year old Angela Park of Chicago. The crash occurred at the intersection of Halsted Street and Madison Street. Angela was riding northbound on Halsted where the Halsted Street bike lake has existed for decades. The truck involved in the crash was a dump truck owned and operated by Lakeshore Recycling. The truck was turning right from northbound Halsted onto eastbound Madison when the crash occurred. The exact circumstances of the crash are yet to be determined as there is a major…
Chicago bicyclist Luster Jackson was killed in a scenario that is a constant fear of Chicago bicyclists. Luster was riding his bike northbound in the 7200 block of South Stony Island. According to the Sun-Times, as he was riding a driver opened their car door into Luster’s path. The bicyclist swerved to avoid the car door and Luster was fatally struck by an approaching vehicle. According to the report, the driver of the vehicle that fatally struck Jackson was issued a traffic citation. However, given the scenario described in the article, there may have been traffic violations on the part…
The life and legacy of fallen Illinois cyclist Dennis Jurs was honored Sunday during the Dennis Jurs Memorial Race in Elgin. Dennis Jurs lost his life in May of 2015 in a collision with a motor vehicle while on a training ride.  “Dennis’s Law” Helps Protect Illinois Bicyclists The Illinois law known as “Dennis’s Law” is named after Dennis Jurs and came about after a Kane County judge dismissed a traffic citation against the motorist involved in the crash for failing to yield the right-of-way to an oncoming bicyclist. The judge incorrectly ruled that the right-of-way laws in the Illinois…
Keating Law Offices is again sponsoring the  Intelligentsia Cup powered by SRAM. The Intelligentsia Cup is produced by the same race team behind Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD). The Intelligentsia Cup is a premiere road bike racing event every July in Chicagoland to complement the racing of ToAD every June in Wisconsin.  Regarding Keating Law Offices’ sponsorship of the Intelligentsia Cup, noted bicycle attorney Michael Keating of Keating Law Offices said: “The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers of Keating Law Offices are proud to sponsor the Intelligentsia Cup along with our friends at Intelligentsia Coffee and SRAM. Sponsorship is more than…
Every bicyclist in the City of Chicago knows the plague that is obstructed bike lanes. NBC 5 Investigates has produced a recent investigative report on all of the issues with obstructed bike lanes in Chicago. Stopping on a bike lanes is a minor convenience for the driver who uses the space of the bike lane to pull to the side of the road. But for the bicyclist this is massively dangerous as having to go around the stopped vehicle takes the bicyclist out of the marked bicycle lane and directly into the lane for motor vehicle traffic.  It Is Illegal…
Keating Law Offices attorney Mike Keating presided over the annual meeting of the Bicycle Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice. The organization, commonly called “AAJ,” is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to protect the rights of accidents victims and fighting to protect the right to trial by jury. AAJ confronts corporate and political interests seeking to infringe upon the rights of American consumer and workers. Mike Keating has been the Chair of the Bicycle Litigation Group since 2013. The group is comprised of attorneys throughout the nation who focus all or part of their practice on representing victims…
Keating Law Offices is proud to have been the presenting sponsor for Chicago’s Bike To Work Challenge. The challenge took place between June 15th and June 29th and including teams that included hundreds of cyclists from companies throughout Chicago. Whether the companies were large or small, each rider played a part in racking up points based on the number of times they rode their bike to work and the number of miles bicycling. Chicago Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating Keating Law Offices attorney Mike Keating said,  “We are very honored to support the Bike To Work Challenge. I’m a regular…
“Wear your helmet” is solid advice. But not as much thought is given to the differences between various helmets. The general belief is that as long as you are wearing a helmet, any helmet, your head will receive some protection in case of a fall or a crash. As death and injury rates for bicyclists grow, researchers at Virginia Tech University and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety decided it was time to analyze which helmets reduce the risk of injuries for bicyclists. Virginia Tech performed this study which  focused on helmet impact tests to evaluate a helmet’s ability to reduce linear…
A Chicago bicyclist was killed while riding his bike on North Ogden Avenue in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. The fatal crash occurred when the driver of a 2014 Lexus turned onto Ogden Avenue from Erie Street. This intersection is near the Ogden overpass over the Kennedy expressway where there is an on ramp for cars merging onto the northbound lanes of the expressway. This stretch of Ogden also connects the neighborhood along Grand Avenue with the River West neighborhood north of the expressway along Chicago Avenue. Due to this, many bicyclists frequently use Ogden Avenue to get over the expressway…
Divvy is in for some competition in the bike share market. A number of companies are trying to bring “dockless” bike share to Chicago. The idea behind dockless bike share is that bicyclists can rent a bike on a short term basis but without having to return the bike to a bike share location. While this sounds simple and convenient, it raises the issue of where and how the dockless bikes will be parked. The City of Chicago is requiring these dockless bikes to be affixed with hardware that will require to dockless bikes to have a “lock to”…
Keating Law Offices has filed a Wrongful Death lawsuit on behalf of the family of deceased Chicago bicyclist, Louis Ray Smith. The lawsuit is against the driver of the motor vehicle involved in the fatal crash on the evening of June 5, 2017 near Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. Prior to the crash, Mr. Smith, a bicyclist was riding northbound on Homan Avenue near its intersection with West Lake Street. At the same time, the driver drove her motor vehicle southbound on Homan Avenue through its intersection with West Lake Street. The collision occurred on Homan Avenue.  Mr. Smith was…
News outlets, including the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, are reporting that a 14-year old boy was seriously injured early this morning. The bicycle crash occurred in the 2600 block of West Armitage on the city’s northwest side in the Palmer Square neighborhood. Given the time of the day and the age of the boy he was possibly riding his bicycle to school. The boy was taken via ambulance to Illinois Masonic Hospital for a reported head injury. Click here for the Chicago Tribune article.  In an article published on Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times provided more detail and that…
Since 2010, bike share usage has increased exponentially throughout the nation. Chicago’s Divvy system has proven very popular since its inception. By their very design these systems allow anyone with a credit or bank card to rent a bicycle from a designated station, ride the bicycle for either recreation or as a transportation alternative, and then return the bicycle to one of many available stations. This leads to riders with a wide array of skill and experience levels on the roadways. The increase in bike share usage correlates to massive increases in bicycling overall and, unfortunately, injuries from bike accidents.…
The Editorial Board of the Chicago Tribune recently published an Editorial asserting that while pedestrian fatalities in Chicago can be reduced through policy changes, the onus is on both drivers and pedestrians to be less distracted and more aware of their surroundings. This assertion has led to extensive discussion among Chicagoans as to just what the responsibilities are for a pedestrian versus a motorist.  The Chicago Tribune’s Editorial Board makes the point that both distracted drivers and distracted pedestrians can contribute to injuries of deaths. This is obviously true. However, what the Editorial Board fails to take into account is…
Trial Journal, the leading print publication of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, published an article by Attorney Tom Reuland of Keating Law Offices in its Winter 2018 volume. The article addresses important implications for car crashes involving ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. In his article, Tom Reuland analyzes Illinois’ law on rideshare companies, the Transportation Network Providers Act, and discusses its nuances and application to personal injury cases in Chicago and Illinois. This Act is an important tool for people injured in a Chicago car crash to integrate into their litigation strategy. The Act’s insurance provisions can change the settlement and trial outcomes…