3 Common Types of Cycling Accidents in Illinois
Personal Injury - June 25, 2015
Even with the proper safety equipment, bicycle accidents can cause serious injuries – particularly when a motor-vehicle is involved. According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, approximately two people die in bicycle crashes every day across the United States. In 2013, more than 700 cyclists died in a crash, which indicates a significant increase from previous years.
It is clear that cycling can be dangerous, but knowing the most common types of bicycle accidents can help you stay safe. These are three types of common scenarios that can lead to accidents:
Stop Sign Discrepancies
A large percentage of collisions between bicycles and cars happen at intersections, particularly at those where the motorist does not have a stop sign but the cyclist does. In these cases, it is common for cyclists to misjudge the speed and distance of the vehicle, and to pull in front of the car at the wrong time.
The reverse type of this accident is also quite common, too. This would occur when the cyclist has the right of way but the car still pulls in front of him or her. This leaves the cyclist little time to avoid the car.
Accidents at intersections where both the cyclist and driver approach from opposite directions, and the motorist intends to turn left, are also common. The driver may not see the cyclist, or may misjudge his or her speed. As a cyclist, you can reduce the possibility of this type of accident by increasing your visibility and reducing your speed at intersections to allow enough time to take evasive action.
Cyclists Not Yielding
Some cyclists fail to adhere to the rules of the road, and not yielding at an intersection is a common cause of serious accidents. The cyclist may not see an approaching vehicle or might misjudge the car’s speed and distance, and his or her failure to yield at the intersection can ultimately aid in a collision.
No matter how careful a bicyclist is, nobody can control the actions of other drivers on the road. Medical expenses associated with bicycle accidents can add up quickly, but as the innocent victim of a collision, you may be able to recover compensation to pay for health-care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you find yourself struggling with serious injuries due to another person’s negligence, contact Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. A Chicago bicycle accident lawyer from our firm can discuss your options and explain the process of filing a civil lawsuit. To get started, call our office at(800)-985-1819 to arrange a consultation.