Laws in Illinois allow bicyclists who have been injured in an accident to recover damages for their medical costs, the time they lost at work, pain, and suffering, and much more. If you or your family member has suffered injuries in a bicycle vs. car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced attorney can help you understand your legal options.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation as of December 2018 there have been 23 bicyclist fatalities so far this year. The most common underlying causes for bicycle accidents include speeding, failure to yield, distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to obey traffic signs and signals, and aggressive driving. These may result in sideswipe accidents, rear-end impacts, left hand turn impacts, and head-on crashes.
To receive compensation for a bicyclist’s injuries or death, your attorney will need to establish that the behavior of the driver of the vehicle was negligent and caused the accident. What adds to the complication of a bicycle accident is that the cyclist is often too injured, unconscious, or even deceased for law enforcement officials to obtain his or her side of the story. In many cases, more than one party may be at fault for the accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over 600 cyclists die annually in the U.S. and another 52,000 people are injured in bicycle vs. vehicle accidents each year. Although many cities in Illinois have attempted to make traveling more bicycle friendly, many of these have not been implemented correctly or have been designed poorly.
Accidents between a vehicle and a cyclist can be exceptionally dangerous due to the lack of protection that a cyclist has and the difference in size. Injuries such as broken bones, cuts, joint injuries, concussions, neck and back injuries, and even death are not uncommon. One of the most serious injuries a bicyclist can face is head trauma. Brain injuries are the number one cause of death in bicycle related accidents, and even if death does not occur, the cyclist can suffer lifelong disabilities.
When a cyclist is injured in an accident, Illinois laws allow the injured cyclist to recover compensation for certain damages including, but not limited to, the following:
Medical expenses including present and future bills for things such as emergency room visits, ambulance, surgery, therapy, and medications.
The attorneys at Rittenberg, Saks & Robinson, Ltd. understand how devastating a bicycle accident can be. We will obtain accident reports and investigate your accident to help you get the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us work on your claim so you can focus on your recovery.