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Cyclist Fatality Serves as Reminder of the Dangers of Bike Accidents

Posted on in Bicycle Accidents

Chicago bike accident lawyerRecently, a man was killed in Chicago’s West Humboldt neighborhood in a hit and run accident. The man was found fatally injured with his bicycle was lying next to him. A witness to the accident said that she saw the 42-year-old man riding his bike just minutes before the collision. The accident reminded all Illinoisans of the reality that bicyclists face increased risk of severe and even fatal injuries in collisions with motor vehicles

Bicycle Accidents Statewide 

The huge size and weight differential between bicycles and cars often results in serious harm to cyclists who are involved in a bicycle accident. In the state of Illinois, bicyclists face increased risk of injury due to inclement weather, as well as the urban nature of many of our roadways. In a study conducted in 2014 by the Governors Highway Safety Association, Illinois ranked fifth among all states in bicycle injuries. Since the study was conducted, not much has changed. In 2016 alone, over 3,000 Illinoisans were injured while riding their bicycles. Additionally, 20 bicyclists suffered fatal injuries throughout the state in 2016. 

Nationwide Bike Injuries

Tragically, bicycle injuries are a massive issue throughout the entire country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bicyclists face a much higher risk of fatal injury than those traveling within motor vehicles. In 2015 alone, more than 1,000 Americans were killed in bicycle accidents. Even more alarming is the fact that an incredible 467,000 American cyclists suffered severe injuries throughout 2015. 

Remaining Safe on Your Bike

Staying safe while riding your bicycle can be a difficult task, especially while riding in urban areas. Still, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the risk of injury. Always wear your helmet while riding, do not travel at excessive speeds, and equip your bike with lights to increase visibility for both you and motor vehicle drivers when riding at night. Since nighttime cycling greatly increases the risk of being struck by a motor vehicle, wearing reflective material can be the difference between arriving safely and not arriving at all. 

Set Up a Consultation With a Lake County Bike Accident Lawyer

At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C., our team has decades of experience representing those who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents. We understand the severity of all types of collisions, and we know how much the injuries from bicycle accidents can affect a person’s well-being. Victims often suffer from post-traumatic stress, long-lasting physical ailments, costly physical therapy programs, and potential loss of work hours. In the aftermath of a bike accident, it is critical to contact a legal team who can help you pursue compensation from those who were at fault for your injuries. To set up a free consultation with a Waukegan personal injury attorney, call us today at 847-662-3303.

Sources: 

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Transportation-System/Resources/Safety/Crash-Reports/crash-facts/2016%20Crash%20Facts.pdf

https://abc7chicago.com/man-fatally-struck-in-west-humboldt-park/4038974/

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