For millions of Americans, biking is a fun and low impact way of staying fit. In recent years, the City of Chicago has made a number of infrastructure changes to make cycling safer for residents. However, despite the fact that miles and miles of bike lanes cover the Chicago streets, cyclists should be aware that urban riding has its dangers.
Last Friday, nearly one hundred cyclists from all around Chicago gathered at the corner of Oak and Wells streets to install a ghost bike memorial, and pay their respects to a North Side man struck and killed by a motorist earlier this month. (Chicago Tribune)
While much of the crowd was still struggling to make peace with the sudden death of a friend and fellow cyclist, others were attempting to shed a positive light on this tragedy.
For some gatherers, this was a chance to raise awareness about bike safety and prevent future accidents. Cyclists crowded the intersection, passing out fliers and blank accident cards for bicyclists for fill out and carry, and spreading the word about Chicago municipal bike laws in an effort to educate people on the toll of vehicle-bicycle accidents nationwide.
Every year, more than 50,000 cyclists are killed due to accidents with cars. What’s worse is that 70% of these injuries occur in cities. (National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration) As lawyers in a large city like Chicago, we know firsthand how many dangers face urban bike riders, and how serious these accidents can be.
Because of the difference in mass between a bicycle and a car, the injuries received by cyclists can be extremely severe. In many cases, bicycle accidents can relegate once active and fit members of society to months of recovery at their homes or in hospitals. These accidents often leave primary wage earners without the ability to earn an income, and with cumulative medical costs of over $4 billion dollars last year, many bicyclists desperately need someone to fight for them. (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety)
Since 1992, our litigation teams at Levin & Perconti have recovered more than $420 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our Chicago accident lawyers have a wealth of case experience dealing with nearly any automobile and personal injury, and a history of ensuring our clients get the help and guidance they need after disaster strikes.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligent or reckless behavior of another motorist, or you think you may have a potential case, please call us or visit our website for more information about how we can help you.