For many cycle enthusiasts, the love of cruising around on two wheels is a simple joy in life– whether its a motorized or non-motorized version. In reality, there is a very strong crossover between those who ride motorcycle and bicycles— or both!
Similarities Between Chicago Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents
The similarities between the actual designs and mechanisms for propulsion between motorcycles and bicycles that their respective fans are drawn to is also likely what many people attribute to the high injury rates amongst bicyclists and motorcyclists when evaluating accident statistics on a per mile basis.
Like their motorized counterparts, the majority of bicycle accidents derive from the fact that other people sharing the roads are simply not paying sufficient attention. Some traffic experts actually think that bicycling is more dangerous than operating a scooter, moped or motorcycle because the operator simply does not have the power to exit from a pending collision. In addition, bike crashes may be due to:
- Motorists not obeying traffic signals
- Drivers not yielding to riders
- Cars attempting to pass a bicyclist
- Hit-and-run accidents
- ‘Dooring accidents’- when drivers open their car door into the path of an oncoming biker
Significant Injuries Stemming Form Bicycle Accidents In Chicago
Also, similar to the operator of a motorized cycle involved in a crash, the mechanics of the collision are quite unforgiving to a bicyclist who has little protection from a direct impact or being thrown from his bike. Common bicycle related injuries include:
- Fractures to arms, legs, and facial bones
- Severe ‘road rash’ and lacerations
- Closed head injuries otherwise referred to a traumatic brain injuries (tbi)
- Catastrophic injuries such as: paralysis, amputation, vegetative coma or death
Chicago Bicycle Accident Lawyers Representing Injured Riders
In order to secure the most favorable outcome for an injured bicyclist at the conclusion of his case, bike injury lawyers recommend doing a through accident investigation to both determine how the incident happened and to ascertain who all the responsible parties may be. As with our motorcycle accident cases, we only charge a legal fee when there is a recovery for you– the injured person. If there is no recovery, you do not owe us a penny for our time or expenses incurred. Contact us to see how we can help you.
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