Any collision between a bike and a car often results in serious injuries to the bicyclist.
These injuries can include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and internal organ damage. If you were hit by a car while on your bike, contact a Chicago lawyer who specializes in bicycle accidents from Willens Law Offices. We understand the serious nature of your injuries and will help ensure that all of your damages are compensated.
Causes of Bike Accidents
The small size, slow speed, and lack of protection make bicyclists susceptible to accidents and major injury on Chicago roads. The most common causes of these accidents include:
Left side approaching: These accidents occur when an automobile is pulling out of a side street or parking lot as a bicycle is approaching from the left. One way to avoid these types of collisions is to move further into the street when approaching an intersection. Statistically, bikes have a higher average of being hit at an intersection than they do when a car driver can see them clearly in front.
Car doors open as you approach: The sudden obstruction of an open car door causes the bike rider to brake suddenly and inevitably collide with it. The best way to avoid this type of accident is to allow for enough clearance between your bicycle and the cars parked on the side of the road.
Sidewalk riding: The problem with riding on a sidewalk is that at some point you will need to enter the street to cross an intersection. Car drivers are far less likely to notice you coming off of the sidewalk than if you were making your approach from a bike lane.
Riding your bicycle against traffic: This may seem like a safer option, and it does help you in keeping an eye on oncoming traffic, but your risk of an accident at an intersection increases. Always treat your bicycle like a vehicle on the road. Bike with the flow of traffic and obey the same rules of the road.
Being in a vehicle’s blind spot: Bicyclists should be aware of a car’s blind spots at all times. These are typically along both sides of the car, back to the bumper. Stay behind vehicles instead of riding alongside them, especially when stopped at an intersection.
Intersections Pose a Bigger Threat
As with car accidents, intersections pose one of the biggest threats to bicyclists. It is here that you should always take the most caution, coming to a complete stop if necessary, to ensure your safety before going forward.
Chicago Bike Accident Attorney
Bicyclists who are on the road and obeying traffic laws have the same expectation of safety from other drivers as vehicles do. If you are hit while out for a ride, a Chicago bike accident attorney will help you to determine if negligence for your safety was a factor and if you deserve to be compensated as a result. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a case evaluation.