If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it is important that you file a police report, seek medical care and consult an experienced bike accident attorney. You need to have someone on your side to protect your legal rights. An experienced bike accident personal injury attorney will help you document the events and assist you as you provide a statement to the insurance companies involved.
Chicago’s “Streets for Cycling Plan 2020” identifies a 645 mile network of on-street bikeways. Bicycling has become an integral part of Chicago’s transportation system. Currently ranked #6 in a 2018 ranking of the top 50 bike-friendly cities by Bicycling.com, Chicago’s stated goal is to become the most bike-friendly city in the United States. According to Bicycling.com cyclists accounted for 51% of the Chicago traffic during rush hour.
Divvy bike rentals in the Chicago area have accounted for 14.8 million rides between 2013 – 2018. The estimate nationally for bicycle commuters in 2016 was 863,979. With increased auto and bike traffic, the number of fatalities involving bicyclists has also increased. According to NHTSA 840 bicyclists were killed in 2016. Of the 840 fatalities nation wide the Chicago area accounted for 13 with 5 in the city of Chicago. The Chicago region accounts for 66 percent of Illinois’ population but experienced 85 percent of all pedestrian/bike fatalities in the state.
In 2016 The Chicago region experienced 2816 bicycle crashes compared to a state wide number of 3360. Of the 2816 crashes, 2635 of the bicycle crashes resulted in injuries.
Both the cyclist and the motorist are required to follow the Illinois Rules of the Road. Unfortunately to many motorists, cyclists often go unnoticed as they attempt to share the road space with automobiles. It is not uncommon for a motorist to fail to yield the right of way or to make a right hand turn in front of a bicycle traveling in the same direction. Turning left in front of an oncoming cyclist or crowding a cyclist when passing are also common contributing factors in bicycle accidents.
With the weight of an average car being more than 2,000 pounds, there is little doubt which vehicle and driver, the cyclist or the automobile driver, will suffer the most damage. The injuries sustained by the bicycle rider can be quite severe often involving head or spine trauma and fractured bones. Often these serious injuries require complex and prolonged treatment. If the bicycle/car crash was caused by negligence of the motorist, it is important to consult Experienced Bike Accident Attorney Timothy Henderson (312) 444-9400. Success is no accident and he has worked hard to obtain the compensation his clients need and deserve. Representing clients in Joliet, Chicago, Oak Brook, Bolingbrook and throughout the Chicago Area (including the counties of Cook, Kane, Will & DuPage), he will provide a free case evaluation.