Chicago Bicycle Accident Lawyer
At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, we are recognized as the premier personal injury law firm in Chicago. If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed in a bicycle accident, contact our Chicago bike accident lawyers immediately.
When bicycles and cars are sharing the streets, they are both required to follow all traffic laws. Cyclists are at far higher risk of serious injury in a collision. Injuries sustained in a car vs. bike collision are often very serious, life-threatening, or fatal. The victim may never again have the quality of life enjoyed prior to the accident.
It is imperative that you have experienced legal representation in a case of serious injury or death. Our team of Chicago bike accident attorneys at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates should be contacted at once to review the facts and advise you how to move forward.
Common Bike Accident Causes
Cyclists put their lives at risk when sharing the street with a negligent driver. The cyclist may not be noticed, or the driver is intoxicated, distracted, speeding, or simply not paying attention to the road ahead. Some common bike accidents are:
- Driver opens a car door directly into a moving cyclist (dooring).
- Driver fails to see a bicyclist when turning.
- Cyclist is impacted from behind while riding or while stopped at a red light or stop sign.
Dooring Accidents in Chicago: A Staggering Increase
When the door of a parked vehicle is opened directly into the path of a moving cyclist, serious injuries are often the tragic outcome. The cyclist cannot avoid impact, is thrown from the bike, often into the roadway and moving traffic. These accidents are on the rise, with a staggering 50 percent increase in a recent year. The Illinois Department of Transportation released the following statistics for a recent year:
- 26 cyclist deaths
- 3,165 cyclist injuries
- 1,059 serious injuries requiring hospitalization
- 3,286 total injuries
Illinois is on the list of the top five states for cyclist fatalities, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.
Vehicle Operators and Bicycle Accidents: Who is Responsible?
A vehicle operator is responsible for following the rules of the road. In sharing the streets with bicyclists, a driver must:
- Allow for three feet between bike and vehicle when passing.
- No driving or parking in designated bike lanes.
- Allow a bicycle rider to pass an intersection prior to making a turn.
- Remain behind a cyclist turning left until the cyclist has completed the turn.
- Check for cyclists prior to opening the door of a parked car.
- Do not drive too closely behind a cyclist.
Distracted Driving and Bike Accidents
Distracted driving is a problem of epidemic proportions. A driver who is eating, texting, talking on the phone, engaged in a conversation, or daydreaming puts cyclists at high risk of serious injury or death. A driver may be totally unaware that a cyclist is present, hitting them from behind, or failing to ensure no cyclist is on their right prior to making a turn. Distracted driving is negligent driving. If you or a loved one was injured by a distracted driver, get help from the Chicago distracted driving lawyers at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. A full investigation into the facts will be performed, including seeking cellphone records when necessary.
Types of Bike Accidents in Chicago
Many bicycle accidents are the direct result of driver negligence. The types of common serious bicycle accidents include:
- Intersection accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- Right or left-hand turn accidents
- Bike lane accidents
- Anti-cyclist road rage accidents
- Hit and run cases
- Bike vs. large vehicle accidents (truck, bus, etc.)
Contact our Chicago Bicycle Accident Attorney for Help
If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer in Chicago, connect with the bike accident lawyers at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. Our trial lawyers are focused on seeking justice and full compensation for the injured. Our record of success is extensive, including achieving what was the highest value personal injury verdict in Illinois history. Call today.