Bicycling can be a healthy and enjoyable activity, and it’s especially popular in Chicago, which as a national reputation as one of the best major cities for bicycling. The city of Chicago plans to construct 100 new miles of bike lanes by 2015 and more bicyclists than ever will be sharing city streets with vehicles. Bicycling can also be very dangerous, and Chicago was also recently named the second most dangerous city in the U.S. for cyclists.
More than 500,000 people in this country are treated in emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries, and more than 700 are killed. While children are at an especially high risk for bicycle-related injuries, the growing popularity as cycling for fitness and recreation means that more adults are being hurt or killed, especially in car-bicycle accidents. In 2008 alone, 27 bicyclists were killed in Illinois bicycle accidents and more than 3,300 were seriously injured. Injuries from bicycle accidents can be lift-altering and serious. You may suffer injuries to your neck or head, spinal cord paralysis or nerve damage, broken or dislocated limbs and bones or lost use of a limb. Find out what to do if you are in a bicycle accident with another vehicle.
At Agruss Law Firm, LLC, we represent clients in Illinois who have suffered personal injuries from a bicycle accident, as well as family members who have lost a loved one in a road accident caused by negligent or reckless conduct of another person. We know that when a bicycle collides with a vehicle weighing at least 2,000 pounds, the odds are not in the cyclist’s favor and the results can be tragic.
Cause of Bicycle Accidents in Chicago
There are many common causes of bicycle accidents in Chicago. Sometimes, driver’s simply do not see bicyclists sharing the road, and this lack of attention can cause an accident. Other major causes include:
- A driver failing to yield the right of way
- A driver failing to see a cyclist approaching an intersection
- A driver making a right-hand turn in front of a cyclist moving in the same direction
- A driver turning left into the path of a cyclist
- A driver failing to give the cyclist adequate room when passing
- A driver opening his or her door into the path of an oncoming cyclist
Compensation for Victims of Bicycle Accidents
According to Illinois state law, bicycles are considered vehicles, and must follow the same traffic laws. If you are riding safely and abiding by the law and a driver crashes into your bicycle and causes you injury, Agruss Law Firm, LLC, can help you. If you have been struck while riding your bicycle and the accident was caused by another driver, you may be able to file a claim against the driver. Compensation may cover pain and suffering, lost income, medical expenses, and disfigurement.
It’s important to consult with an experienced Chicago bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and determine if you have a valid personal injury claim or wrongful death claim against a reckless or negligent driver. If you were injured in a bicycle accident, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC, for a free consultation.
We are a Chicago injury law firm representing individuals and families who have suffered an injury in a bicycle accident. Agruss Law Firm, LLC, will handle your case quickly, will advise you every step of the way, and will not hesitate to go to trial for you.
Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC, does not get paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-¬fee promise is that simple. Therefore, you have nothing to risk when you hire us—just the opportunity to seek justice.