Riding a bike for the first time is one of the most memorable times in a person's life. However, cyclists should be weary when riding throughout the streets of Illinois. In 2014, Illinois ranked 5th in the nation for the most cycling related fatalities.*
Bike Accidents are Preventable
Cyclists often ride on the road in conjunction with other motorists. When a car crashes with a bicycle, the cyclist is very susceptible to serious injuries, especially if he or she is not wearing a helmet. Currently, Illinois does not require cyclists to wear a helmet while riding. However, that does not come without risks. Generally, the most common injuries sustained by cyclists that do not wear helmets are traumatic brain injuries and neck injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Annually, 26,000 people, children and adults, suffer traumatic brain injuries related to cycling accidents throughout the nation.** Traumatic brain injuries can range in severity, from a concussion to a coma and even death. Furthermore, the treatment costs associated with traumatic brain injuries and future rehabilitation can be quite daunting.
Cyclists, Remain Alert
When cycling throughout the suburbs or in the city, cyclists should remain aware of motorists on the road. Unfortunately, while you may be taking every precaution available, you cannot guarantee that all motorists are doing the same. For example, a woman riding her bike in Lincoln Park was killed after she was struck by a car turning onto the road that she was riding. After she was struck, the woman suffered head and neck injuries, and most unfortunately, passed away shortly thereafter.***
Zayed Law Offices can Help
All motorists owe a duty of care to people lawfully on Illinois roads, including cyclists. When a motorist breaches that duty of care, he or she is liable for damages. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a motorist in a cycling accident, contact our Chicago bicycle accident attorneys today. We help our clients obtain the compensation and the justice they deserve.
* Ranking: Governors Highway Safety Association
** Statistics: Head Injuries and Bicycle Safety