The City of Chicago has a reputation of one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the United States. City planners aim that by the year 2020 there will be 645 miles of biking facilities within close range of every Chicagoan. Chicago may be friendly for bikers in comparison to those who live in other cities, but that also means more cyclists on the road. What that also means is that there are more accidents involving bicycles. Our firm represents Chicago and Illinois clients who have suffered personal injuries from bicycle accidents, or who may be a survivor of a cyclist killed in a road accident as a result of the reckless or negligent conduct of another person.Illinois Laws Regarding Cyclists.
In Illinois cyclists are given the same rights and duties as those who operate motor vehicles. People riding bicycles are subject to traffic laws like other vehicles, except the laws that by their application, would not affect bicycle riders, such as laws relating to engine idling.“Dooring” Accidents
A common situation that causes bicycle accidents is phenomena know as dooring. Dooring is when a driver or passenger knowingly or unknowingly opens a door into the path of a bicyclist. This often happens when a driver or passenger of a car does not see a cyclist before opening their door. A 2011 study in Chicago showed there were 344 doorings in the city which equaled a rate of about one dooring per day. Many of these dooring accidents occur on diagonal intersections such as Milwaukee and Lincoln Avenues as well as Clark Street. Illinois has made it a law that any occupant of a car should not open the door of a car unless it is reasonably safe to do so. This law puts the burden on the driver to show they used reasonable care when opening a car door. Of course, even with this law in place, accidents do still happen resulting in serious injuries.Injuries from Bicycle Accidents
Injuries suffered as a result of these types of accidents can be severe and life altering. You may have injuries to your head or neck, have nerve damage or spinal cord paralysis, broken or dislocated a bone or limb, or even have lost the use of a limb. Our firm understands that the goal after going through such trauma is to get your medical bills paid and covered, make sure you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and make sure your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injury. Our experienced attorneys will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a cycling accident or you are survivor of a cyclist who has been killed in a road accident, contact us online or call us at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.