Chicago Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Riding a bicycle is an excellent source of exercise and recreation. Additionally, due to the high traffic volume and parking challenges in Chicago, many people in our city choose a bicycle as a way to commute to and from work, school, or other obligations. While bicycling helps you save money and stay fit, it unfortunately also exposes riders to the risk of accidents and injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 49,000 bicyclists suffered injury in bicycle accidents in 2012, and another 726 bicyclists died from their injuries. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to substantial compensation and should contact Chicago bicycle accident attorney John Buchmiller to discuss a possible case.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycles are considered to be vehicles just like the cars, trucks, and motorcycles on the road. This means bicyclists must follow traffic laws; additionally, it means they have just as much of a right to be on the road as any motor vehicle. Unfortunately, because of a bicycle’s often relatively slow speed, many motorists become impatient and frustrated with the presence of bicycles on the streets. Additionally, motorists may not be adequately watching for bicyclists, may fail to properly yield to bicyclists, or may try to improperly pass a bicyclist, all of which may cause dangerous collisions. If a driver acts negligently and causes a bicycle accident, that driver should be held liable for all of the victim’s accident-related losses.
Serious Injuries in Bicycle Accidents
Though bicyclists should always wear helmets, they have little other protections from cars or the road in the event of a collision. For this reason, bicyclists often suffer extremely severe injuries in accidents. Some of the most common injuries suffered by bicycle accident victims include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shattered or broken bones
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Road rash and burns
- Contusions and bruises
Additionally, many victims suffer multiple injuries since they usually have multiple points of impact with both a vehicle and the road. Such injuries can require highly extensive medical treatment and often leave victims with permanent disabilities or disfigurements. Victims deserve to recover for all of their losses, pain, and suffering from the party who caused the collision.
Contact a Chicago Bicycle Accident Attorney for a free consultation
If you have suffered injury in a bicycle accident, experienced Chicago lawyer John Buchmiller can help you recover for all of your losses. At the Law Offices of John Buchmiller, we are dedicated to helping clients receive the compensation they deserve, so call us today at 773-857-1832 to schedule a free consultation.