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Protect Yourself from Bicycle Accidents

Over 24,000 cyclists share the road with cars daily throughout Chicago. As the city continues to invest in bike infrastructure, it’s important to note that bicycle-related accidents are still dangerous.

Between 2017 and 2021, there were “2.6 fatal bicycle crashes on average for every million residents” and over 1,500 non-fatal accidents in Chicago. The mobility and sometimes unexpected changes in the direction of bicycles on the street create considerable risks for cyclists and drivers. 

Injuries to bike riders following accidents with cars can be severe and life-changing. It’s always important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect yourself.

The Most Common Bike Accident Injuries

While riding on the road, bike accidents typically cause upper and lower extremities injuries.  The good news is that these injuries are generally minor.

  • Contusions
  • Abrasions
  • Lacerations
  • Strains

Bicycle riders also frequently suffer from “road rash” in an accident. These are the superficial abrasions that may require debris to be removed from the skin.

Head Injuries

More severe injuries often are head-related. 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 
  • Concussions
  • Facial fractures
  • Dental fractures
  • Contusions

Whenever an injury to the head is involved, contact the police and a lawyer immediately. You may feel okay at the moment, but symptoms of serious injuries might not take shape until after the adrenaline wears off.

What to Do if You’re Injured While Riding a Bike

Some serious injuries may not surface immediately, even if you’re involved in a minor bike accident. As soon as you’ve been involved in an accident, follow these simple steps:

1. Contact the Police

Whether you seek legal counsel or not, you will want to file a police report. You’ll also want to take photographs of the scene for any potential cases and get information from witnesses.

2. See a Doctor

Whether you have an obvious injury or not, it’s a good idea to be checked out by a doctor. Symptoms of concussions and bleeding in the brain may occur hours or days following the accident.

For immediate care, go to an emergency room or call an ambulance.

3. Breathe

If you experience any difficulty breathing, visit a healthcare facility. Pain with deep breathing may indicate a broken rib or punctured lung. This could lead to even more serious issues.

4. Be Mindful of Your Spine and Neck

Signs of a spine 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. 

5. 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.

Navigating the Legal Landscape

After your recent bicycle accident, feeling overwhelmed and unsure about your next steps is normal. 

FLT Law wants to help you understand your rights and options. As an experienced attorney, we’ve helped countless individuals like you who’ve faced similar challenges. 

From the moment you reach out to us, we’ll provide the guidance you need to navigate the complex legal landscape confidently.

Clearing the Path Forward

The legal process might seem daunting, especially when dealing with insurance companies and negotiations. 

We’re here to guide you through every step, providing clear explanations and frequent updates. 

Insurance companies represent drivers of vehicles involved in accidents with cyclists. They rely on professional adjusters to negotiate and fight accident claims, and it is in your best interest to work with a skilled attorney to protect your rights when dealing with these professionals. 

Our experienced negotiators are adept at handling insurance companies, and we make sure you’re informed and involved in decisions that impact your case. 

You’ll have a dedicated partner, ensuring your voice is heard, and your interests are protected.

Chicago and Illinois Bicycle and Car Accident Liability

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.

The Attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner are knowledgeable and expert in representing people injured while riding bicycles.

If you’ve been the victim of a bicycle accident, contact us today for a consultation.

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William Turner
William J. Turner

William Turner has represented hundreds of working men and women who have been victims of the negligence of others – gaining equitable compensation for the medical expenses and pain and suffering for his clients. He concentrates his practice in the trial of complex personal injury cases, including car and truck accidents, construction mishaps, medical malpractice, dog and animal attacks, nursing home abuse, and slip-and-falls. Additionally, he offers niche counsel and advocacy for workers who are injured on a job.

William has obtained judgements from juries in approximately 150 cases and has secured fair and comprehensive settlements in even more over his career. William Turner has dedicated his professional life to fighting for the rights of those who are injured as a result of the negligent acts of others.

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