Bicycling is not only an enjoyable and healthy activity but also an economical way for many people to get around the city. Many bicycle accidents occur when motorists do not pay attention to or notice bicyclists in time to avoid a collision. If you have been in a bicycle accident, it is important to understand your rights and to have a plan for the recovery of the compensation that you are entitled to for the cost of medical bills, long term care and pain and suffering. The Chicago Injury Center is equipped to answer any questions that you have about your case and to help you get started.
Chicago Bike Injury Attorneys
Whenever an injury is the result of a poorly designed bicycle or defective part, the bicyclist may be entitled to pursue a lawsuit against some or all of the companies involved in the manufacture, design, distribution, repair, retail or assembly of the bike. Depending on the involvement of the companies and how the bicycle (or its accessories) were handled or distributed, Illinois law offers a variety of different legal theories where several different parties could be held responsible for a bicyclist’s injury.
Types of Bicycle Accident Cases
While every case is unique, many bicycle accidents share common circumstances or causes. The most common types of cases that we handle include the following.
- Collisions with vehicles — bicyclists have the right to use the road just as motorists do and many accidents are the result of carelessness on part of the driver or the failure to respect the space that the bicyclist is occupying. Because bicyclists are exposed, they are at greater risk of suffering severe and often permanent injuries in these types of accidents.
- Dooring accidents — motorists may not pay attention before exiting their vehicles, opening their doors as a bicyclist is approaching and causing the cyclist to collide with the door. If the cyclist is thrown from his or her bicycle, the impact with the ground, the car door or another surface can result in multiple types of injuries.
- Uninsured motorist claims — many bicyclists who are involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist may believe that it is impossible to collect compensation for their injuries. In reality, it may be possible for the victim to collect a claim from his or her own car insurance to cover the cost of his or her injuries as part of his or her uninsured motorist coverage. It is important to explore this avenue with your attorney if you find yourself in this position.
Bicyclists involved in accidents with negligent motorists often suffer serious injuries despite the use of a helmet and proper safety precautions. The medical care needed to recover from these injuries can be expensive and the recovery can be long and painful. If you’ve been involved in an accident, you have the right to be compensated for the cost of your care and recovery, the pain and suffering that you have gone through and any costs associated with your accident and injuries, including the loss of income should you not be able to work during your recovery.
Defective bicycle parts resulting in injuries to a cyclist
Consequently, where a cyclist has sustained significant injuries and there is even a suggestion that a defect or malfunction in the bicycle may be responsible, a product liability case should be considered as it may prove to be the only way for the bicyclist to recover related damages for his or her injuries.
Determining how the defective bike part caused your accident and injuries
Chicago Injury Center Bike Accident Lawyers work with engineers and other design specialists to inspect bicycles, helmets and other types of bike equipment that may have failed and contributed to an injury. We offer these services at our expense and only recover our investigation expenses when there is a successful recovery for the injured party.
Contact the Chicago Injury Center today to arrange a free consultation with an attorney so that you can learn more about your rights and legal options. We are happy to answer your questions, evaluate your case and let you know how best to proceed. Unless we are able to recover compensation on your behalf, our services won’t cost you a penny.
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