Chicago is one of the country's best cities for cycling. According to the City of Chicago, the city currently has over 200 miles of bike lanes and many miles of off-street bike paths. Even with the area's dedication to safer cycling, there are still thousands of dangerous bicycle accidents each year. A portion of these are caused by careless or reckless drivers.
If you live in the Chicago area or elsewhere in the Northeastern region of Illinois, and if you are wondering if you have a cycling accident claim, please call the experienced accident lawyers at Sklare Law Group for a FREE case review: 312-263-0771.
Bicycle Accidents in the Chicago, Illinois Area
According to 2010 statistics – the latest available from the Illinois Department of Transportation – there were a total of 3,599 bicycle crashes statewide that year, and these resulted in 24 bicycle fatalities. About 81 percent of these bicycle crashes occurred in Northeastern Illinois. More than 1,600 of these crashes occurred in Chicago, resulting in 5 deaths and hundreds of serious injuries.
Some of these crashes are a result of a rider crashing without any influence from a motor vehicle. Bicycle tires can blow out or skid, a bike can flip if it hits a rock – these are just a few ways these wrecks occur. But in certain instances, a motorist causes a bicyclist to crash. In these scenarios, police officers and motorists may automatically pin the blame on the cyclist. If you find yourself in this situation, you can benefit from having an experienced, aggressive advocate on your side. When a motorist is at fault, our lawyers know how to demonstrate this fault to judges, juries and insurance companies.
Factors Commonly Contributing to Bicycle Accidents
In bicycle-vs-motor vehicle crashes, these are some of the most common contributing factors:
- Distracted driving
- Running red lights
- Running stop signs
- Drifting into a bicycle lane
- Failure of bicyclist to follow rules of the road
- Bicyclist's assumption that a driver sees them
These cases boil down to questions of negligence. If the motorist was being negligent or reckless, they may be found to be at fault for the accident. Negligence is basically carelessness, and it means the driver was shirking their responsibilities to follow the rules of the road or to act with reasonable care.
"What Compensation Might I Be Owed For My Bicycle Injuries?"
We cannot guarantee a successful outcome in any case. Every claim is unique. But we can guarantee that we will fight aggressively and tirelessly for what is in your best interest. We will be on your side during a stressful time. While insurance companies may be trying to get you to accept a low settlement, we will fight to recover maximum compensation for things including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Emergency room expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Prescription medication costs
- Costs of physical rehabilitation
Consult our lawyers as soon as possible so that we can determine if you have a claim.
Finding Out If You Can Pursue a Claim After The Crash
Have you or a loved one been injured in a bicycle accident in the Chicago area? If so, our lawyers can provide the honest, straightforward information you need in order to decide what to do next. For a FREE case review, please call Sklare Law Group at 312-263-0771.