The number of bicyclists on Chicago and Illinois roads has increased substantially over the past few years. Riders increased, even more, this spring as many who usually take public transportation shifted to biking to limit social contact and risk of exposure to the virus. Even with more dedicated bike lanes, additional riders on the road increase the likelihood of bicycle-related accidents.
The city of Chicago put together a study between 2005 – 2010 that provided a clear plan of action to minimize bicycle accidents.
A collision with an automobile is the greatest fear most people have with riding bikes. The mobility and sometimes unexpected changes in direction of bikes on our streets create considerable risks for cyclers and drivers. While fatalities from bike accidents are rare, injuries to bicycle riders can be catastrophic.
As an attorney, every day I am personally involved in fighting for those who are injured as a result of the negligence of others. Injuries to bicyclers following accidents with cars can be severe and life-changing. Based on the risks, I’m providing some valuable information.
The Most Common Bike Accident Injuries
Bike accidents typically cause injuries to the upper and lower extremities. The good news is that these injuries are generally minor.
Bicycle riders also frequently suffer from “road rash” when involved in an accident. These are the superficial abrasions that may require debris being removed from the skin.
It is wise for any bike rider to wear a helmet. The majority of long-term disabilities from bike accidents are from head injuries. Traumatic head injuries may involve:
- Skull fractures
- Cranial hemorrhage
- Facial fractures
- Dental fractures
What to Do if You’re Injured While Riding
Even if you’re involved in a minor bike accident, there are some serious issues that may not surface immediately. It’s wise to:
Get Checked Out
It’s smart to be checked out by a doctor, especially if you hit your head. Even if you’re wearing a helmet, symptoms of concussions and bleeding in the brain may occur hours or days following the accident. If your helmet is cracked, get immediate care.
If you experience any difficulty breathing, visit a health care facility. Pain with deep breathing may indicate a broken rib or punctured lung. This could lead to a serious matter.
Be Mindful of the Spine and Neck
Spine injuries are extremely serious. Signs of such an injury include tingling, numbness, or inability to move fingers and toes. If you believe you’ve damaged your neck or spine, stay still and wait for medical attention to arrive.
Check for Bleeding
Bleeding is easy to spot and treat when it’s external. But, internal bleeding can be even more serious. Check sore or firm areas on your body to see if there is potential internal bleeding and pooling.
Chicago and Illinois Bicycle and Car Accident Liability
Accidents and injuries caused by collisions between cars and bicyclists can be severe and life-changing. Anyone injured has the right to receive compensation from the “at-fault” driver.
The Attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner are knowledgeable and expert in representing people injured while riding bicycles. Claims for victims of bicycle accidents are unique, complex, and involved. We apply a disciplined approach to gain a comprehensive perspective on the facts, issues, and injuries experienced by victims.
Insurance companies represent drivers of vehicles involved in accidents with cyclists. Insurance companies rely on professional adjusters to negotiate and fight accident claims. In order to deal with these professionals, you need a skilled attorney to protect your rights. We know your rights and the applicable laws. We are your advocates. We are experts at negotiating with powerful insurance companies. 50 years of experience counts.