Bicycle Accidents in and around Chicago

Riding a bicycle is a fantastic way to get around in Chicago. Unfortunately, accidents with cars and other vehicles are common in the Chicago area, given the amount of traffic we have and the number of riders sharing the roadway with vehicles. If you were hit by a car while riding your bike, you probably got hurt and most likely, it was serious since a bike doesn’t offer any protection to your body in the same way that riding in a car does.  You are probably wondering if you have a case against the driver who hit you. As with any other personal injury case, in order to successfully bring about a legal claim against the driver, you must prove that the driver did something wrong and acted careless in a way that caused the accident with your bicycle. You must also show that the injuries you suffered were directly caused by the accident.

Should I speak to the driver’s insurance company after being hit while riding my bike?

You should definitely not speak to the other driver’s insurance company until you are ready to do so on your own terms and after speaking with your own attorney first. The driver’s insurance company will be very impatient and want to settle your claim as soon as possible, in order to either deny the claim or pay you less than what you are entitled to.

What should I do if I am hit by a car while riding my bicycle

  • Seek Medical Attention. Seek medical attention immediately. It is especially important to be checked by a doctor if you were in a bike v. car accident, since these injuries can be serious. Emergency room doctors often see the following injuries in bicycle accidents:
  • Head trauma and brain injury
  • Cuts and bruising
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal injuries                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  • Report the Accident. If the police were not called to the scene of the accident, report the accident to the police as soon as you are well enough to do so. Hopefully the driver stopped to provide assistance to you and also provided their information to the police. If the driver was at fault for the accident, while you may ultimately recover from his or her insurance company, you should also report the accident to your own insurance company.                                                                                                                                                
  • Take Pictures. Take pictures of your bike from all angles, or have someone else take pictures for you. Do not get rid of the bike. If you were wearing a helmet and the helmet was damaged, you should also take pictures of the helmet and do not throw it away (however, you should no longer use the helmet and should buy a new one when you are ready to ride again). Take pictures of your body with special focus to the parts that were injured, such as bruising or cuts.                                                                                                         
  • Speak to a Chicago area Attorney to learn your Rights. Speaking to a lawyer following an accident while riding your bike is a good idea so that you can learn about what rights you have and discuss who may have been at fault for the accident. Even if you were partly at fault, you may still be entitled to recover for some or all of the following:
  • Medical Bills including the ambulance, hospital, and doctor
  • Medications
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of a normal life
  • Scarring or Disfigurement
  • Lost wages from work
  • Bicycle replacement

Bike accidents can be very serious and you likely have many questions. Give us a call to set up a time to talk to the attorney in a complimentary strategy session where your questions will be answered. There is no obligation to hire us or do anything, you simply should get informed so that you can decide what your next step will be and protect yourself in the event that you decide to bring legal action.

 
 
Carol O'Connor Cadiz
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