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Chicago Bicyclist Injured in Motor Vehicle Collision

Posted on in Bicycle Accidents

Lake Forest bicycle collision lawyerEvery year, thousands of cyclists around the country are injured in bicycle crashes. Due to the limited protection afforded to cyclists in these collisions, bicycle crashes can be accompanied by severe, and even fatal, injury. Recently, Chicago area cyclists were reminded of the inherent risks they face every time they ride their bike. 

On Tuesday, August 5th, a bicyclist traveling around North Avenue and Clark Street was injured when he was struck by a 2006 Mazda SUV. The driver of the Mazda fled from the scene and was later arrested after colliding with multiple law enforcement vehicles. For bicyclists around the Chicago area, the accident further proves just how dangerous riding your bike can be. 

Bicycle Injuries Nationwide 

Due in large part to the limited safety protection and small stature of bicycles in comparison to most motor vehicles, bicyclists are commonly injured in accidents involving automobiles. While bicycle fatalities only account for 2% of all roadway fatalities nationwide, 818 bicyclists were killed in accidents involving motor vehicles in 2015, and approximately 45,000 American cyclists suffered injuries. While this number represents a slight decline in total annual bicycle injuries, bicycle fatalities seem to be on the rise. 

According to research compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), bicycle fatalities rose 12% in 2015 compared to the previous year. Although fatality on a bicycle is still fairly uncommon, thousands of people are injured each year while riding their bike. According to the National Safety Council, an incredible four billion dollars is spent annually nationwide due to bicycle injuries. 

Avoiding Bicycle Accident Injuries 

When traveling in highly populated areas, cyclists have a much smaller margin for error. Due to the lack of protection a bicycle provides, riders should always practice extreme caution. The next time you or a family member goes out for a bike ride, watch out for motor vehicles, travel at appropriate speeds, and wear a helmet. While traveling at night, bicyclists should always wear reflective and bright clothing and equip their bicycle with noticeable front and rear lights. Bicycling is a fantastic form of exercise and a great way to commute to work, but being aware of the inherent risks of bicycling can be the difference between life and death. 

Contact a Waukegan Bicycle Accident Attorney 

If you or a member of your family are injured in a bicycling accident, it is important to find legal representation. At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C., our team of dedicated Lake County personal injury lawyers know just how a devastating a severe injury can be to the entire family, and we can help you determine your best options for recovering compensation for the damages you have suffered. To set up a free consultation, call us today at 847-662-3303.

Sources:

http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/data/factsheet_crash.cfm

https://wgntv.com/2018/08/07/5-officers-1-cyclist-injured-after-police-chase-suspect-in-custody/

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