Chicagoans are well-aware of the prevalence of bike accidents on our city’s streets. A large, diverse city like ours is filled with various modes of transportation. Semitrailers, city trucks, SUVs, small cars, bikes, mopeds, Segways, and walkers all travel on and across miles and miles of city roadways morning, noon, night. Because of that there are countless opportunities for deadly collisions, especially when any of those travelers fails to abide by appropriate standards of care.
In particular, dangerous crashes involving cars and bikes seem to be especially common, as both types of travelers attempt to share the same roadways—often with very little room for error. Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti have been involved in several accidents involving collisions between bikes and cars. Because of the virtually non-existent protection offered by bikes, these bike crashes very frequently involve severe injury.
It is for that reason that it is of vital importance for bikers and car drivers to abide by local driving rules at all times. It is possible for the various kinds of travelers to share the road safely but only when both ensure that they stay in their designated lanes, travel at appropriate speeds, and stop at the appropriate lights and signs. The consequences are too high to act otherwise.
For example, the Millburn-Shorthills Patch a story today about a vehicle crash this morning involving a bicycle and a car. The bike rider was in serious condition following the morning accident. In that case a biker was traveling down a hill when he failed to yield and hit a car turning left at the base of the hill. As is common in cases like these, the driver of the car was uninjured, but the bicyclist remains in the hospitals from his injuries.