Bicycling in the Chicago area is popular, as people seek to enjoy the exercise and other benefits of bicycling. As well, an increasing number of people are commuting to work on their bikes.
Despite efforts to increase the safety of cycling in Chicago area, such as the addition of bike lanes, bicycling presents various risks, unfortunately.
Illinois Bicycle Accident Statistics
As seen in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) “2012 Illinois Crash Facts And Statistics” as seen on page 20 in the year 2012 there were 3453 total “pedalcycle,” crashes, of which 3,233 involved injuries and 29 involved fatalities.
The reasons for these bicycle accidents are numerous…streets can be very busy with traffic, and roadway conditions – including hazards presented by potholes and other roadway deformities – present notable risks.
Another common accident involving cyclists, especially in urban areas, are dooring accidents.
While some bicycling accidents are minor, such as minor scrapes and bruises, many accidents can be serious. Serious bike accidents can entail bone fractures, back injuries, brain injuries, and paralysis. Many serious bicycle accidents end in the death of the bicyclist.
Should You Be Injured In An Illinois Bicycle Accident
Should you be injured in a Chicago area bicycle accident or an accident elsewhere in Illinois, there are a variety of steps you should take to both protect your health and your legal rights, including your rights to monetary recovery. It is very important that you get a thorough medical check after a bicycle accident, even if you think you are not injured. The reason for this is that many injuries – some very serious – may not be immediately apparent soon after the accident. The post titled “Getting A Medical Check-Up Following A Vehicle Accident” further discusses this topic. Additionally, from a safety perspective, helmets are very valuable, as discussed in the post titled “Bicycling Helmets And Their Importance Regarding Head Injuries.”
From a legal perspective, it is highly beneficial to talk with an Illinois personal injury lawyer soon after a bicycle accident, as there are a variety of steps you should take to protect your rights and help maximize your potential to attain compensation for your injuries and other harm.
Should you be injured in a bicycle accident, call Tony Elman at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and see what legal actions may be taken. This legal consultation is provided free and is confidential in nature.
Elman Joseph Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.
Elman Joseph Law Group has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for over 20 years. We have established a reputation for our court trial capabilities. In addition to handling our own personal injury court trials, we also handle those from other firms.