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Chicago Bike Accident Injury Attorney

Cook County Bike Accident Lawyer

Lawyers Representing Injured Bicyclists in Illinois

Bicycles provide many benefits, allowing their users to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors while saving money on transportation costs. Unfortunately, these benefits also come with some risks, and cyclists are in danger of being seriously injured in a collision with a motor vehicle. When this occurs, it is important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney.

The law firm of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC provides dedicated representation for bicyclists who have been injured by negligent drivers. We understand the legal issues involved in these cases, and we have a track record of success in helping victims recover compensation from those who were responsible for their injuries. We also work to enhance public safety by helping put policies in place that will protect bicyclists, pedestrians, and everyone who shares the roads.

Causes of Bike Accidents

The drivers of motor vehicles are required to share the road safely with bicycles. However, many drivers fail to do so, especially in busy urban environments. Since bicyclists have the same right to use the road as other vehicles, failure to protect their safety is considered negligence. Some common forms of driver negligence that can lead to bicycle accidents include:

  • Distracted driving - Drivers may take their attention off the road for a variety of reasons, including checking their cell phone, eating or drinking, adjusting the radio, or conversing with passengers. Any of these distractions can cause them to not notice bicycles, which can lead to dangerous accidents.
  • Drunk driving - Alcohol or drug impairment affects a driver's reaction time, and it may cause them to be unable to avoid striking a bicycle and causing serious injuries.
  • Speeding - Posted speed limits are there for a reason, and drivers who exceed these limits may be unable to stop or turn in time to avoid colliding with a bicycle.
  • Illegal turns or lane changes - Drivers often turn in front of bicycles or change lanes without signaling, causing dangerous collisions.
  • Following too closely - Tailgating can lead to rear-end collisions when it occurs between motor vehicles, and it can cause even more severe collisions and injuries if a driver strikes a bicyclist.
  • Dooring - If a driver opens their vehicle's door in the path of a bicycle, it can result in serious harm, especially if it causes the cyclist to fall into the path of oncoming traffic. Drivers and passengers should always check around their vehicle before opening their doors, especially if they park in or near a bike lane.

Collisions between vehicles and bicycles are likely to result in serious or fatal injuries for bikers. Some common injuries that cyclists suffer in these cases include broken bones, sprains and dislocated joints, traumatic brain injuries, neck and spine injuries, severe bruises and lacerations, soft tissue injuries, and injuries to the limbs that may require amputation.

Contact a Chicago Bike Crash Lawyer

If you have been struck by a car, truck, or other vehicle while riding on a bike, you should take immediate action to protect your right to recover damages. Our attorneys can help gather evidence to demonstrate the driver's liability and work to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for the injuries you have suffered. To learn more about how we can help, contact our office at 312-605-8800 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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