Have You Had a Bike Accident? Need a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
There are lots of bike riders in Chicago. The city of Chicago has created hundreds of miles of specially designated bike routes to encourage people to ride bicycles in and around Chicagoland. Even in winter, Chicago has a surprising number of bicycle riders on its streets.
As the number of riders go up when the weather gets nice, there is definitely an upsurge in the number of people I speak with who been involved in bicycle accidents.
It is quite easy to be injured on a bicycle, especially when you’re writing it on streets where you have to contend with potholes, pedestrians who are not paying attention, and the number one danger, motorists who seem not to want to share the road with cyclists.
If you’ve been injured in a bike accident here are some things you ought to know so that you can protect your rights and position your case for the best outcome for you.
The Most Common Types Of Bike Accidents
Bicycles are fantastically maneuverable, and experienced bike riders are quite good at stopping their bicycles quickly or swerving out of the way of danger. But that doesn’t mean they do not have serious bike accidents.
One of the most common types of bike accident involves a bicyclist riding on a street and having a motorist who was driving a car or truck which is partially open their door directly into the path of the bicyclist. This is such a dangerous situation because the bicyclist can hit that door at 20 miles an hour or more. And it usually results in the bicyclist going airborne and landing on the street with great force.
I would say that the second most common bicycle accident I handle is when a motorist fails to yield to a bicyclist or runs through a stop sign and does not see the bike coming. Many times, the car or truck pulls right in front of the bicycle and there is nothing the cyclists can do but hit the side of the vehicle. This often results in a lot of damage to the bicycle as well as the bicyclist being thrown into the air and landing with great force on the car or truck or on the pavement.
Even though those are the two most common, there is almost no end to the variety of ways that other motorists on the roadway can cause a collision in injuries to a person on a bicycle.
Typical Bike Accident Injuries
Head injuries, facial scars and broken wrists are probably the three most common bicycle injuries I see in my law practice. I also see lots of shoulder and back injuries which usually occur when the bicyclist is attempting to brace himself or herself. That can result in a dislocated elbow or dislocated shoulder as well as a rotator cuff injury.
Of course, if a pedestrian is struck directly by a vehicle, with no protection, the bicyclist can end up with broken bones and serious head injuries. I wish motorists would realize how easy it is for them to seriously injure or kill a bicyclist. It might make them more careful.
Advice For You
Here are the things you must do if you’ve been involved in a bike accident with a motor vehicle:
Make a Police Report
Seek Medical Attention and Follow-Up If You Are Still in Pain
Do Not Give a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company until You Speak with a Lawyer
Take Photos of the Damage to Your Bike and the Other Vehicle
Take Photos of Your Injuries
If You’re Bike Requires Repair, Make Sure to Get an Estimate for Repair As Well As Receipts
This is a simple advice, but it is good advice that will help you preserve your chance at a fair outcome in a bike accident case or claim.
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