An area man was riding his bicycle along the shoulder of Hollywood Drive in Joliet, Illinois when he was struck by a vehicle from behind. The driver of the vehicle sped away from the scene and the cyclist was unable to make an identification. The accident resulted in various injuries, including a fracture of the cyclist’s T-1 (thoracic) vertebrae. Tom Polacek of McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC was retained to pursue a claim for the cyclist’s injuries through the uninsured motorist provisions of his own auto policy. Mr. Polacek negotiated a $60,000.00 settlement for the client, compensating him for his injuries, medical treatment and lost wages.