Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accidents

Over the years, biking to work has steadily increased in the Chicago region. As the number of bicyclists and bike commuters continues to rise, so does the number of bicycle accidents. 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.


Bicycle riders can be nearly invisible to cars in certain situations and with that comes dangerous collisions. These types of collisions can often spell injury or death for cyclists who have little protection from the impact of an automobile. We are here to represent those who have become injured due to the negligence of an automobile driver.

Bicyclist Tips To Keep In Mind:

  • Bikers have the same rights as do the driver of a vehicle
  • Always ride with the traffic rather than against it
  • Ride close to right-hand curb or edge of roadway
  • In a large group, single file riding is usually the safest option
  • Bicyclists should always use signals
  • Cyclists need to have reflectors on all night rides (front lamp and rear red reflector)
  • Wear a helmet
  • Don’t be distracted by music or your phone while riding
  • Do a quick bike test – make sure brakes and wheels are working properly

“We have the experience, the compassion that’s necessary, and we get results.”

Mark Dym

Lawyer

Some Illinois Bicyclist Laws To Remember

As cycling continues to grow in popularity, the Illinois legislature has enforced laws to not only protect bicyclists from accidents involving vehicles, but also to ensure that roads are kept in an orderly manner for all commuters.

Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles

Just like vehicles, cyclists also must obey traffic lights and stop signs. According to the code, every person riding a bicycle upon a highway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to drivers. Cyclists also must follow traffic control devices and yield to vehicles before making a left-hand turn just as motor vehicle drivers do.

Riding on roadways and bicycle paths

Unlike vehicles, you do not have the right to ride in the center of the lane of traffic. The law states, “[a]ny person operating a bicycle or motorized pedal cycle upon a roadway at less than normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway…”

Also Remember…

Lamps and other equipment on bicycles.

Just as cars need to have operational headlights, so do bicyclists. “Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear….”

Turn and stop signals

“…A signal of intention to turn right or left when required shall be given during not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the bicycle before turning, and shall be given when the bicycle is stopped waiting to turn. A signal by hand and arm shall need not be given continuously if the hand is needed in the control or operation of the bicycle.”

Bicycles on sidewalks.

While some cities have restricted the use of bicycles on sidewalks entirely, Illinois regulations do not prohibit the practice in all situations. Rather, bicyclists in Illinois may not use sidewalks if there are signs restricting them from doing so. Additionally, “[a] person propelling a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, shall have all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstance.”

Commercial Messengers.

Bicycle messengers in Chicago must have a liability insurance policy to be paid for by the individual, firm or corporation. “The policy shall be issued in amounts no less than the minimum amounts set for the bodily injury or death and destruction of property under section 7-203 of this Code.”

Learn more rules of the road provided by the Secretary of State.

What can HSPRD do for you?

  • Work with investigators. We work with the police and investigators of the accident to help identify what really happened and who is really at fault.
  • Help gain value.  We help you quickly get the real value for your bicycle so you can get out and ride again.
  • Provide knowledge and navigation. We help you understand and navigate the medical treatment process and billing issues.
  • Negotiate. We powerfully negotiate with the insurance companies and protect you from their attempts to undersell your claim.
  • File a lawsuit. We file a lawsuit if necessary and go to trial.

FAQs

ACCIDENTS HURT, EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS CAN HELP.

Do I need a lawyer?

When it comes to making this decision we ask our clients to keep in mind that defendants frequently have teams of attorneys on staff prepared to find ways to pay out as little as possible on every claim. So why not hire a team of accomplished attorneys who focus on personal injury litigation to level the playing field for you?

What is the first step I should take if I am injured?

Seek the medical attention that you need. The most important thing is taking care of your injury. Forget about the case, medical care trumps everything.

What is negligence?

Negligence is a large factor of a personal injury case. This involves someone who is careless or reckless and causes harm to another person. No one ever asks to be injured, but when one person’s negligence has significantly impacted another person’s life we are here to care about, defend and protect you. Proving negligence in a personal injury case is essential to helping our clients obtain the compensation that they deserve.

Should I accept an offer from the insurance company?

It is common for an insurance company to offer a settlement after an accident occurs. To some, the settlement may seem like a good offer but you need to understand why it is not. These insurance companies make money by offering you the least amount of compensation possible. Your case is most likely worth a lot more than what the insurance company will offer you. It is highly recommended that you never accept an offer from an insurance company without speaking to an attorney first. We can provide you with better care and compensation than any insurance company can offer.

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