Cycling is a great way to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors, especially during these beautiful fall months. With less impact on your knees and lower body, many people choose bicycles as their primary means of exercise, and there are a multitude of other benefits to riding a bike as well. However, it is important to be aware of the fact that cyclists are far less visible than the vehicles they share the road with, and have virtually nothing to protect them from serious injury in the event of a bicycle accident. With our days getting shorter, and with visibility getting harder to come by on Chicago-area roads, the fall is a time to be especially cautious. (BicycleInfo)
An 18-year-old woman remains hospitalized in critical condition this week after being hit by a vehicle in the Chicago’s Lincolnwood neighborhood. According to Lincolnwood police, the accident occurred while the woman was riding her bike down an eastbound lane of Pratt Avenue, around 8:30pm; officials added that the cyclist was wearing dark clothing. While attempting to cross the intersection against a red light at McCormick Boulevard, the victim was hit by an oncoming car. Following the accident, the driver of the vehicle pulled to the side of the road and called the authorities, who then transported the cyclist to nearby St. Francis Hospital. Officials reported that the driver has not been cited in the accident, and that additional details would be provided pending the closure of their ongoing investigation. (Chicago Tribune)
Whether it is daytime, dawn, dusk, nighttime, or in unfavorable weather conditions, our lawyers want to remind readers how incredibly important it is to make sure you can always see and be seen. If you are a cyclist, wear something that reflects light, or use flashing lights to make yourself known to the automobiles around you. Never assume that just because you can see a driver, he or she can see you. If you are a driver, always keep an eye out for bicyclists in your blind spots and at intersections, and slow down when passing a bicyclist on the road.
In urban centers such as Chicago, bicycle accidents happen with much greater frequency (roughly 70% of all cyclist-related accidents nationwide). Our lawyers understand that the majority of recreational cyclists are energetic and active people, and this can make it incredibly difficult to deal with a debilitating injury. Many victims of bicycle accidents must spend months confined to a hospital room, rehabilitation center, or their own home in order to recover, and for some, permanent injuries will plague them for the rest of their lives. These injuries can also rack up enormous medical bills, and without the ability to work or produce income, recovery bring serious emotional and physical stress.
Our firm has represented hundreds of victims of accidents caused by negligent and reckless drivers, and we are here to help you and your loved ones get the fair and reasonable compensation you need to help deal with your injuries.