As you know, the summer is a statistically high time for truck and motor vehicle accidents. With the weather being nice and many people on vacations heading to local events in the city, there is a higher number of both pedestrians and vehicles out on the streets. Chicago has also become an especially popular place to bike, both for leisure and commuting, with the additions of bike lane and Divvy rental bicycles. However, when combining increased numbers of bikers with increased numbers of drivers, who many are unfortunately negligent, accidents occur.
According to recent news by DNA Info Chicago, a truck collided with a cyclist on Chicago’s northwest side, killing the cyclist. In the neighborhood of Portage Park, a 28-year-old woman was killed in a crash with a truck. She was an avid cyclist who took her bike everywhere, and had been riding for four years. While she was riding north on Cicero Avenue, a cement truck turned right onto Belmond Avenue hitting her. She was rushed to the local hospital but died later in the day from multiple injuries. According to the Chicago Police, it is still unclear whether the truck driver did not see the cyclist or whether she had been coming up quickly while he made a turn. The accident is still under investigation, as detectives are talking to witnesses and looking over surveillance footage.
Because accidents like these happen too often, it is important for all users of the road, drivers and cyclists alike, to follow rules and use safe behavior. Remember, that when a bicycle is on the road, a bike is seen as the same as a car under the law, with the same responsibilities to abide by and rights. Unfortunately, statistics show that bicycle accidents are not rare. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011 alone, 677 bicyclists were killed in accidents nationwide. These deaths accounted for 2% of all of traffic fatalities for the year. Additionally, also according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2012, 726 cyclists were killed in crashes, which accounted for 2% of all traffic fatalities again. An additional 49,000 suffered injuries from crashes.
Bicycle accidents are unfortunately all too common in the city of Chicago. Our attorneys represent cyclists who have suffered personal injuries from bicycle accidents, or family members who have lost a loved in a cycling accident due to the negligent behavior of a driver. Bicycle accidents are often fatal or result in permanent and disabling injuries, such as spinal chord paralysis, broken bones, or loss of limbs. Such accidents can be very costly for victims or family members in regards to medical bills, lost wages and inability to work, or even funeral costs. You may be able to hold the negligent individual liable for these financial burdens and suffering through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Call us for a free consultation, and our attorneys would be happy to discuss your legal options with you and address your concerns.