This is an article about bicycles… in early March. You are probably saying “but wait…? It’s still too cold to ride my bike blog!” Well, you would be very wrong. Bicyclists from all around the region are flocking to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Physical Education building for today’s third annual Bike Swap. Cyclists want to remind Chicagoland riders that just because of Chicago’s frigid winters, this is no time to put your bike into storage.
Nearly 90 bike-friendly businesses and sellers will be on site today to capitalize on what one official called Chicago’s “unique bike culture”, which seems to indicate a year round commitment to exercise and alternative means of transportation. The bike swap will feature multiple sessions covering many bike related issues, the most pertinent two exploring the nature of riding in a big city, and how to handle a bicycle accident. (Chicago Tribune)
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, well over 60 million people at least occasionally ride their bikes in the United States. However, every year more than 50,000 of these people are injured as a result of bicycle-vehicle traffic accidents. Informative events like bike swap are indicative of the many efforts being made to curb the number of cyclist-pedestrian accidents, and it appears to be working. The latest United States bicycle statistics show a 12 % drop in pedestrian biking fatalities compared to last year, and this number has steadily fallen over the past few years.
Our lawyers want to remind you that if you are a Chicago resident, it is especially important to practice attentiveness and safety while riding your bike. Multiple intersections, bustling traffic, and roadside distractions are just a few of the reasons why over 70% of all pedal cyclist accidents occur in urban areas. Consequently, if you are a person who routinely drives in urban areas, it is important to remember to remain focused and keep an eye out for pedestrians. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Our law firm represents clients who have experienced significant personal injuries in all types of accidents, including bike accidents and pedestrian accidents. Some of the most common injuries in cycling accidents are concentrated in the head and neck region, and many victims injure their spinal cord or lose to use of one or more of their extremities. These injuries can come with serious medical bills, and can be extremely detrimental to a person’s ability to work and generate income. Our attorneys have worked for more than twenty years to ensure that the traumatic injuries resulting from another person’s carelessness will not hinder our clients’ abilities to lead a normal life.
If you are around Chicago, think about checking out the bike swap, and always remember that safety should always be a priority.