Earlier this month we reported on a call being made by road safety advocates to enact changes to the tracking procedures of the Illinois Department of Transportation. Our attorneys often act as the Chicago car accident lawyer for victims of a variety of road crashes-including bicycle collisions.
Under the old rules the state agency charged with tracking road accidents did not include those commonly known as “doorings.” These involve a car door being opened in the path of a bicyclist on the sides of are roadways. These may constitute the most frequent type of bike accidents, and they often lead to serious injury or death. Previously the Illinois Department of Transportation was refusing to tally these accidents in their accident counting, because the cars in these situations are not moving.
However, according to the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has ordered that the policy be changed. The new rules will take effect immediately and will require police departments to record these “dooring” accidents on traffic crash forums. Advocates are applauding the efforts as a good starting point in helping to eliminate these accidents. It was difficult to understand the problem and seek ways to improve the situation without an accurate report of the problem’s scope. With these changes, the problem will hopefully be alleviated.
Governor Quinn explained his decision by noting that “anyone who rides a bike can tell you that dooring is a serious issue. One of the best ways we can increase public safety is by making sure we’ve got the best and most comprehensive data possible. That’s why we’ve made this change.”
Our Chicago car accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti are always supportive of open and clear information about road accidents being collected. Acts of negligence strike daily that injure and kill area travelers. All efforts to cut down on the losses should be explored. If you or a loved one has ever been caught in the crosshairs of the negligence of another while driving or biking please contact an Illinois personal injury attorney.
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