Absolutely. Unfortunately, bicycle riding in congested cities such as Chicago carries many perils with inattentive drivers seemingly around every turn. Even the most attentive cyclist can seemingly maneuver their way out of one imminent crash only to encounter another dangerous situation coming their way.
For example, consider a bicyclist lawfully riding in a bike lane only to see a door flying open by an driver exiting a vehicle. Reacting quickly, the bicyclist steers out of the bike lane into the lane of traffic only to encounter an oncoming car who is illegally passing a vehicle in the oncoming direction— and whack!
While considering exactly how or why a bike accident occurred may seem like the furthest thing on the mind of an injured person following a bike crash, the reality is that ascertaining whom is responsible for a crash is indeed a very important part of the recovery process. In the case of a rider whom was injured due to the negligence of multiple parties, a post-accident investigation into the respective roles of each party may have an important role in whether a case gets resolved by an insurance company or if the case lingers in court for years.
In the case of a bike accident caused by multiple parties, a bike crash lawyer can help determine who is at fault how to apply the concept of joint and several liability to the respective case.