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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Illinois Department of Transportation data shows dooring crashes on the rise across the state. In 2015 alone there were more than 300 doorings reported. This number, which only represents those doorings that made it onto a police report, nonetheless represented a 50% increase from 2014.  As part of an effort to fight the plague of doorings, 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 across their body with their right hand.…
Bicyclists are often referred to as “vulnerable users” of the roadways. Even the most experienced bicyclist on the most advanced bicycle is at a disadvantage if there is a crash with even the smallest motor vehicle driven by a non-attentive motorist. Sheer physics are blind and unfortunately do not take into account fairness when a collision occurs and what might be a fender bender on a car can lead to serious or even fatal injuries to the bicyclist. Bicyclists are even more vulnerable in Illinois due to the state’s sheer number of citizens and its densely populated urban centers including the metropolis…
Keating Law Offices attorney Mike Keating recently appeared on the “Road is Dead” podcast to discuss legal issues surrounding bicycling. The “Road is Dead” podcast is hosted by Rob Curtis and Anthony Mikos of the Psimet Custom Wheels company and is recorded at their bike and coffee shop in Dundee, Illinois right on the banks of the Fox River.  “The Law Episode” included fellow bicycle law attorneys Jessica Cutler from Washington state as well as Arley Kemmerer and Joe Piscitello of Piscitello Law in Philadelphia. Topics included what to do when you’ve been involved in a bike crash, the number…
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was held today at Federal Plaza in Chicago. The World Day of Remembrance is held every year to remember the millions injured and killed every year on the roadways. The World Day of Remembrance is a joint effort between Vision Zero Chicago, Chicago Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Transportation, AARP, the Active Transportation Alliance, Ride of Silence Chicago and Ghost Bikes Chicago.  This powerful display at the World Day of Remembrance consists of 132 pairs of empty shoes to represent the 132 victims of fatal traffic crashes in Chicago over…
Attorney Michael S. Keating of Keating Law Offices has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Chicago bicyclist who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run crash on September 23, 2018. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Estate of Jesse Rodriguez, the Chicago bicyclist who was riding near the intersection of Devon Avenue and the North Shore Channel trail when a juvenile driver turning from McCormick Boulevard to Devon Avenue jumped the curb and struck the bicyclist. The motorist then ironically struck a “Yield To Bikes” sign before fleeing the scene. The North Shore Channel trail runs alongside McCormick…
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”…