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Bicycle Accident Litigation Attorney Chicago, IL

As more people are encouraged to bike as a means of transportation instead of driving, their overall health is improved while also promoting a healthier environment. More cities are accommodating the bicycle trend by having bikes readily available for rent and check-out, and now bicyclists are urged to share the road with automobiles, as many roads incorporate a bicycle lane.

While this may seem like a good thing, it actually has put bicyclists at greater risk and danger of accidents. In fact, in Chicago, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation, between 2005 and 2010, there were nearly 9,000 bicycle accidents and 32 bicyclist deaths.

Chicago Bicycle Accidents Lawyer

At Kanuru Law Group, we handle bicycle accident cases in Chicago and nationwide. When a car or truck collides with a bicyclist, the injuries are often serious since the person on the bike has very little protection. We’re here to advocate for you in your greatest time of need and get you the help, compensation, and justice you deserve.

Causes of Bicycle Accidents

According to the Chicago Department of Transportation, bicycle accidents are most commonly caused by an automobile driver’s failure to yield or ignoring stop signs or lights. The rules of the road state that motorists must yield to bikes and are not to turn in front of a bicyclist; however, many drivers are either not aware of the rules or disregard them completely, putting the bicyclist in danger. While sometimes the bicyclist is responsible for the accident by riding against traffic or disobeying traffic rules, often the crash is caused by a motorist.

Bicyclist Injuries

While helmets provide some level of protection, when faced with an automobile in a collision, even with proper safety gear, the injuries can be severe. Common injuries include the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Concussions
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Dislocated joints
  • Fatality
  • Head injuries
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal cord injury

Bicycle Messenger Accidents

Bicycle messengers are at a huge risk for accidents, especially in major cities like Chicago.  When bicycling is your primary means of transportation because your job requires it, you put yourself at an even greater risk than a commuter or recreational rider.

Causes of Bike Messenger Accidents

Because a bicycle messenger’s job is to deliver items commercially, to residents, to industrial areas, or other businesses, bike messengers have to ride off of the designated bicycle lanes and routes to meet their destinations.

Their risk is also increased for collisions because of the shear frequency of being on the road, coming in contact with a wide array of motorists, including the following:

  • Careless motorists
  • Distracted drivers
  • Drunk drivers
  • Hit and run accidents
  • Reckless and negligent drivers

Chicago Bicycle Messenger Lawyer

If you or a loved one were a victim of a bike messenger collision, it’s crucial to speak to an attorney who focuses on bicycle messenger cases. Our experienced attorneys are ready to speak to you about your case and help you navigate through the legal process while advocating on your behalf.

In many cities such as Chicago, there are a variety of bicycle laws, including the following:
MCC 9-16-020(f)
Improper Right Turn in Front of a Bicycle

MCC 9-16-020(e)
Improper Left Turn in Front of a Bicycle

MCC 9-36-101(c)
Overtaking Bicycle Rider at Unsafe Distance (Less than 3 feet)

MCC 9-80-035
Opening and closing vehicle doors in traffic

MCC 9-40-060 states that:
Standing or parking in a bike lane is forbidden

What to do after an accident

If you have been injured in a bike accident, it’s imperative to take the necessary steps to protecting your health and your rights. First, call the police and collect all witness information. You will tell the police what happened and the witnesses will be documented. Take lots of pictures of the scene, the car that hit you (if possible), your bike, and yourself. Even if you feel fine, do not refuse medical attention.

Then, call our office of experienced bicycle injury lawyers as soon as possible after the accident so we can start collecting time-sensitive evidence for your case and begin advocating for your rights.

Children’s Bicycle Accidents

Most people have fond memories of being outside as a child, roaming around the neighborhood on their bike, first with their parents and training wheels, and soon on their own with just two wheels. While recreational fun and exercise make biking a great activity, sadly, the majority of bicycle collisions involving automobiles also involves children. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, children and adolescents have the highest rate of non-fatal bike-related injuries.

Driver’s Responsibility of Child Bicyclists

While all motorists should be careful and cautious around bicyclists, their duties are increased with it comes to children. Drivers should be on high alert around children and should not assume they can follow the rules of the road.

For example, while a driver would assume an adult bicyclist would stop and look both ways before crossing the street, a child may suddenly cross or stop abruptly if he or she gets scared. That’s why the driver must take extreme care when operating around children, especially in residential areas, bus stops, and school zones.

Chicago Bicycle Messenger Lawyer

If your child has been hit by a car, you need to speak to a proficient child bicycle accident attorney after seeking medical attention. Call us today for a free consultation and to discuss your case: 312-801-2000.

Contact Chicago’s Bike Accidents Lawyer

For more information on your bicycle accident case, contact Kanuru Law Group today: 312-801-2000.
  Our top bike accident lawyers are ready to speak with you, so please give us a call for a free consultation. We understand how motorists approach these accident cases and are ready to protect your rights and recover compensation for you.