Bicycle Accident Attorneys Chicago
Protecting Cyclists in the City and Throughout Illinois
Transportation America, a nonprofit group that collects and processes traffic accident data, has found that Chicago is the 38th most dangerous metro area for pedestrians in the nation. As bicyclists compete for space on our busy roadways with motorists, it is no wonder that numerous cyclists suffer serious injury or even death.
Bicycle accidents can have a devastating financial impact on both the injured cyclist and their family. There are many hidden costs associated with cycling accidents, which can include medical expenses, lost wages, and therapy costs. Medical expenses are one of the biggest costs associated with bicycle accidents. Injured cyclists may require expensive hospital stays, surgery, and long-term rehabilitation. Even if the cyclist does not require hospitalization, they may still need expensive medical care, such as physical therapy.
In addition to medical expenses, injured cyclists may also lose income if they are unable to work while they are recovering. This can be especially devastating for families who rely on a single income. Some cyclists may also need to purchase a new bicycle or equipment following an accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, you deserve justice.
Please call (312) 410-8496 today to schedule a free consultation with our experienced Chicago bicycle accident lawyers.
Common Injuries in a Bicycle Crash
Bicycle accidents often have two collision points for the cyclists: The car and the ground.
Depending on the speed at the time of impact, these dual collision points can result in catastrophic injuries such as:
Many of these injuries will result in medical expenses, loss of income, and personal pain and suffering. Some of those serious injuries will prove impossible to fully recover from. We recommend that bicycle accident victims seek medical attention immediately to assess the extent of their injuries.
Our personal injury attorneys will work with you to make sure you have evidence in place showing the severity of the injuries from your bicycle accident. We will work with local police, insurance companies, and more to show the negligence of the other party, proving that you had the right of way and that this bike crash could have been avoided. The attorney-client relationship is one of privilege and privacy. We’re on your side and will work hard for you, letting you remain transparent with the utmost confidence and truthful legal advice. This will help your bicycle accident case and our team work out your legal options.
Understanding Personal Injury Law for Cyclists
In the state of Illinois, personal injury claims, including bicycle accidents, are viewed as comparative fault cases. This means that liability is split between those involved, with a greater percentage of responsibility placed on the at-fault party. For example, a bike accident may find that a driver negligently opened their car door without looking to see if bike traffic was oncoming. However, if it’s determined that a cyclist did not obey the rules of the road for riders, there could be a split in that percentage.
This will impact how much you receive from the compensation that you are entitled to in your personal injury claim. That’s why our bicycle accident attorneys will work with you to have the evidence on your side to get maximum compensation to cover your medical expenses and loss of income in the long run. It’s important for plaintiffs to be able to prove fault. We work to document this with a police report, medical records, and more documentation that will make our legal representation successful in achieving a settlement.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
When you are injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to seek significant damages. Our Chicago bicycle accident attorneys can investigate your collision to establish liability. We will work with you individually to better understand how your injuries are impacting your life, enabling us to build a strong case on your behalf to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.
In many cases, this will include not only compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, but also accounting for damages related to physical pain, emotional suffering, and changes to your lifestyle resulting from your bicycle accident.
During your free consultation, we will be happy to discuss your legal rights and help you determine all that you may be entitled to.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a bicycle accident, please contact Walner Law® today to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated Chicago personal injury lawyer.