Lawyers for Chicago Cyclists Rear-Ended by Vehicles
Just as rear-end collisions are a commonly encountered situation involving two vehicles at a traffic light (or anywhere on the road) bicycle accidents involved inattentive drivers who collide into a bicyclist lawfully sharing the road are all too common in congested areas like the City of Chicago.
A Double Standard For Bicyclists Sharing The Road With Drivers
While many drivers are mindful of the ‘safety space’ needed to be put between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them, they may behave very differently when a bicyclist is located in front of them- negligently providing precious little room between their vehicle and the the bicyclist.
While rear-end bicycle collisions do take place while stopped at a traffic signal, other bicyclists are struck from behind by vehicles as they attempt to pass them or when the cyclist lawfully changes lane of travel. Either through a direct impact to the rear of the bike or by clipping just a portion of a tire or pedal a bicyclist can lose control of the bicycle and get thrown to the pavement- or into another lane of traffic.
Applying Illinois Law to Chicago Bike Crashes Involved Rear-Ending
While not specifically tailored to bicyclists, Illinois motorist law (625 ILCS 5/11-710) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-710) does state:
Following too closely. (a) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.
Cyclists Injured In Rear-End Bike Collisions
A direct impact from a passing vehicle or even just a clip, can result in horrific injuries to a bicyclist. Bicycle accident injuries may result in months of medical treatment or even permanent disability. Our law office has experience representing bicyclists with:
- Spinal cord injuries involving surgery
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Subdural hematoma
- Organ damage
- Damaged joints
Why Hire Chicago Injury Center As Your Bicycle Accident Attorneys For Your Case?
Understandably, may people involved in bicycle accidents question if they really need an attorney. The truth is that some of the more basic cases involving damaged property may not require an attorney to resolve. The majority of Chicago bicycle accident cases involving an injury are less straightforward. The value of an injury is much more intangible than a damaged bicycle and frequently requires the perspective of an attorney who has knowledge of how juries may have view similar injuries in the past.
Collectively, the attorneys in our office have represented more than 1,000 individuals with various types of bicycle accident injury cases. This experience gives us the unique perspective of evaluating these cases with a position of real world experience. As with all of our cases, we handle bike injury cases on a contingency fee basis where we only charge a fee based on a recovery for you.
Still not convinced we’re the right firm for you? We encourage you to give us a call or arrange an appointment at our office or a place that’s convenient for you, where we can meet in person. Ask us any questions you wish. If you feel like we are a good fit for you, you are welcome to retain us- if not we will wish you well. There are no gimmicks- just quality representation and a genuine desire to help people who deserve compensation for their injuries.
Bicycle injury attorney’s advice: As an added layer of protection, always look out for and listen for vehicles behind you- even if you have a helmet or handlebar-mounted mirror. Depending on the angles and distances of nearby vehicles, they may not always be identifiable in this mirrors. It’s OK to take your time!