Bicycle Accident & Injury Attorneys
Bicycling is more popular than ever, thanks to our desire to pursue fitness-related activities and municipalities’ expansion of bike trails and bike lanes on city streets in Chicago and the suburbs. As the popularity of the sport continues to grow, bike riders need to remember that their safety is not guaranteed as long as they share streets and street crossings with cars and trucks. At Urban & Burt, Ltd. our attorneys acknowledge that even though more laws and consideration is given to protecting bicyclists on the road, they are still extremely susceptible to accidents involving substantial injury compared to the drivers of other vehicles on the road.
Negligent Drivers Responsible For Causing Collisions with Bicyclists
Many bicyclists are severely injured due to the negligence of other drivers on the road who fail to pay attention or drive recklessly. Although there is very little reliable data on the exact percentages of who is more often at fault, most data points to motor vehicles being at fault at least 50% of the time.
In some cases, there may be more than one person contributing to the accident, making determining who is financially responsible even more blurred. Obviously, when cars or other types of vehicles hit bicyclists, there is little room for forgiveness and most bicyclists hit by motor vehicles sustain serious or even fatal injuries.
Bicycle-motor vehicle accidents can be especially dangerous for the cyclist due to the obvious difference in size and protection. There are many serious injuries that can occur such as fractures, contusions, head injuries and even death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over 600 cyclists die each year and over 52,000 are injured in bicycle-motor vehicle crashes. Most alarming is the significant percentage of children involved in bicycle accidents, many of whom will require ongoing medical care.
Even as Chicago attempts to make the city more “bike friendly”, cyclists navigating city and suburbs face dangers while riding on marked bike lanes and bike paths. Many of these amenities were added to the existing city infrastructure and are simply poorly designed or implemented. Consequently, Urban & Burt counts bicyclists injured on bike lanes and paths as its clients.
Experienced Bicycle Injury Attorneys
Although there are many injuries that can be sustained in a bicycle-motor vehicle crash, the most serious is a head injury. Brain injuries are the number one cause of death in bicycle accidents and can leave survivors with life-long disabilities. It is due to the seriousness and longevity of these types of injuries that it is vital that cyclists have legal representation to help them recover financial damages in a bicycle accident case.
Bicycle Door Accident Injuries on The Rise In The City
The popularity in using bicycles to commute to and get around in congested business areas has led to an increase in the number of “door injuries.” As the name suggests, a door injury occurs when the occupant of a car fails to look before opening the door to make sure there are no bicyclists in the vicinity.
Not only is it common sense to look before opening car doors after stopping a vehicle, some municipalities, such as the City of Chicago, have made such door opening precautions the law, by adopting them within the Chicago Municipal Code with the intent of allocating fault on dooring accidents.
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How We Can Help You After a Bicycle Accident
Illinois law affords an injured bicyclist to recover compensation for the following elements of damages:
- Medical Expenses: including past and future care
- Pain and Suffering: from the time of the incident through the time the injury is resolved
- Lost Wages: When a cyclist cannot work or return to his or her employment at the time of the accident, he / may recover lost wages
- Property Damages: a cyclist may recover compensation for damage to his bicycle and and gear damaged in an incident caused by a negligent driver
Even a victim of a hit and run bike accident can be compensated for their injuries. Even though bicyclists may have sustained injures when they were not in a car, they may be entitled to recover from their own automobile insurance or that of a member of their household. Under Illinois law all insurance carriers must provide an uninsured motorist policy that covers owners of a vehicle or members of their household who are injured by an uninsured or unknown driver whether they are in the car on foot or on a bike. Our lawyers can help decide the best solution and course of action to take in your case.
Whatever the circumstance of your bike accident, we encourage you to contact the team at Urban & Burt, Ltd. As with all of our personal injury cases, bicycle accident cases are handled exclusively on a contingency fee basis when we only earn a fee when there is a recovery for you. In other words, if we are unable to secure a recovery for you, our services are completely free. Call us anytime to set an appointment for a free consultation.