BICYCLE & VEHICLE COLLISION INJURY 

ATTORNEY IN CHICAGO AND ORLAND PARK

When bicyclists ride on the road they are at risk of being hit by a vehicle at great speed with no protection. 


Bicyclists who have been injured in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another driver or due to malfunctioning equipment, you might be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, including treatment costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and other expenses that were cause by the accident. 

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STEPS TO TAKE AFTER A BICYCLE ACCIDENT 

Many bicyclists don't know what comes after their bicycle accident. In the aftermath of a bicycle accident injury, people are not thinking right due to the trauma and injuries they suffered. 


If you are hurt in the accident, immediately call an ambulance and local police. If you are not sure whether to seek medical attention, it's better to err on the side of caution. 

  • Get Information - If the accident involved another vehicle, get the other person's name, insurance information, copy of their driver's license, and license plate number. If you were injured and unable to gather this information, ask someone else to get this information for you. It is important to get this information so you can report the accident to the police and in order to know which insurance company will be liable for your injury claim. 
  • Call the Police and Report the Accident - If you are able to, wait for the police to arrive on the scene. They will document and record the accident and issue a ticket to the person who caused the accident. The police reports will include an investigation to preserve information regarding the cause of the accident which will be used later in court. 
  • Go to the Hospital - It is very important that you go see a doctor after an accident, particularly if you hit your head on the concrete. Explain to your doctor what happened and all the symptoms you are experiencing. During settlement negotiations or at trial, the insurance company will attempt to use all the statements you say to your doctor against you and argue that what you said or lack of what you said is proof that your injuries are minor or not caused by the accident. 

PURSUING BICYCLE INJURY COMPENSATION CLAIM

Bicycle injury claims that do not result in a settlement from the insurance company should be pursued by  filing of a lawsuit. This can get very complicated, which is why it is important to seek experienced bicycle injury lawyers to help you at every step of the way. 


You should never agree or sign the first settlement offer by the insurance company. The first offer is only the beginning of negotiations, and the final payment will likely be much higher if represented by experienced bicycle accident lawyer. 


In order to maximize your chances of receiving a significantly higher compensation for your injuries, document and recover all evidence you can get. Remember and follow the steps mentioned above, document all of your injuries, and fully detail any expenses and losses you suffered as a result of the accident. 


This includes all medical costs, transportation costs you incurred getting treatment for your injuries, lost wages from missing work, and any other expenses as a result of the accident. We will use the amount of expenses and costs to arrive at a figure to help you recover losses caused from the accident. 


Bicycle Accidents Are Common in Chicago

Bicyclists are faced with unique challenges on Chicago's busy roadways. Motorists in passenger cars, commercial trucks, and buses have a hard time seeing cyclists when they are on the same road. 


Vehicle drivers are safe behind their seat belts, air bags, and thousand of pounds of metal, motorcyclists only have a helmet to protect them in the event of an accident. After being injured in a bicycle accident


This is why bicycle-related injuries result in more than 500,000 emergency room visits each year and hundreds of fatalities.


Who is Liable for a Bicycle Accident in Illinois? 

After being seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you want to know who is responsible or liable for your injuries. 


In some cases, drivers in Illinois are ticketed for minor infractions after a bicycle accident. In more serious motorcycle accidents, drivers can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony offense for reckless driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, hit and run, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

Even though it serves justice if motorists who injure cyclists are charged criminally, it will not help to pay your medical bills and lost wages after an accident. 


This is where filing a lawsuit in court will come into play. If you were injured in a bicycle accident as a result of someone else's negligence, Illinois law allows you to sue the driver in court to recover damages for your injuries. This lawsuit is a legal term referred to as a "personal injury" lawsuit. 


Personal injury lawsuits include a legal claim for negligence. Negligence is defined as the failure by someone to act with the level of care that a reasonable person would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances. 


If you establish that a driver's negligence was the proximate cause of your injuries and other losses, such as lost wages, you can win a lawsuit and secure a court order that require the driver to pay you money compensation for financial and personal harms you suffered, 


If the the driver who injured you in a bicycle accident was issued a citation or charged criminally in connection with the accident, this can be used as evidence of negligence. 


Under the legal theory called "negligence per se" you do not need to use the "reasonableness" standard if the other driver was cited for a criminal offense. 

What Personal Injury damages can I recover in Illinois?


Illinois law allows for compensation for different kinds of damages, including without limitations:

  • Medical bills;
  • long time home or hospital care;
  • Physical and occupational therapy 
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Scaring or disfigurement,
  • Negligent infliction of emotional distress, 
  • Wrongful death,
  • injury to a person's reputation,
  • punitive damages,
  • Lost earning capacity,

Bicycle Accident Frequently Asked Questions

IS THE DRIVER ALWAYS AT FAULT IN A BICYCLE ACCIDENT?

When a vehicle crashes into a bicyclist and causes injuries, it is automatically assumed that the bicyclist is the victim and the other driver is at fault. However, this is not always the case and, in some instances, the cyclist may be the one who was negligent and caused the accident. 


For this reason, a full investigation should be conducted and evidence should be gathered to support your claims that the driver was at fault in the accident. 


WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR FINANCIAL COMPENSATION AFTER A BICYCLE ACCIDENT?

One of the ways to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other bicycle injuries-related losses is to file a claim with the at-fault driver's insurance company. However, insurance companies sometime will not be willing to offer enough compensation to cover all your various losses and you may need to seek compensation another way. 


Another way to seek compensation is by filing a personal injury claim in court. Be careful not to miss the deadline or else you will lose your right to recovery.

 

HOW MUCH IS MY BICYCLE ACCIDENT CASE WORTH? 

The value of a bicycle accident claim will differ significantly from case to case. The following factors will help determine the value of your case:
  • The nature and severity of your injuries;
  • The cost of the medical treatment for your injuries and whether you need future treatment;
  • Whether your injuries caused you to miss work and lose income;
  • If your injuries caused any long-term or permanent impairments, disfigurement, or disabilities; and
  • The amount of physical and/or emotional suffering you experienced as a result of your injuries. 

Illinois personal injury lawyers of Illinois law firm can review the circumstances of your individual case to determine what your claim may be worth. 


WILL MY BICYCLE ACCIDENT CASE GO TO TRIAL?

Even if you filed a claim in court, it does not mean you will go to trial. In fact, the majority of accident cases are settled through negotiations that happen before trial and out of court. An experienced attorney should seek out the most efficient way to resolve your case in the most favorable way possible, 

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