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Cook County Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Chatham bike accident injury attorney

Attorneys for Bike Crashes and Injuries in Chicago, Kenwood, and Chatham

Bicycles provide a great way for many people to get around the city of Chicago. Traveling by bike is a cost-effective and eco-friendly method of transportation, and it is also a great form of exercise. Unfortunately, these benefits are sometimes outweighed by the risks that bicyclists face when sharing the roads with cars and trucks. Collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles can lead to severe injuries, and in these cases, cyclists need to understand their legal options and the steps they can take to hold a negligent driver or other parties liable for the harm they have suffered.

The law firm of Karchmar & Lambert, P.C. provides legal help to victims in many different types of personal injury cases. Our attorneys have a combined total of over 50 years of experience, and we have helped injury victims obtain millions of dollars in compensation. We believe in fighting on behalf of those who have been injured by other people's negligence, and if you have been involved in a bicycle accident, we will do everything we can to make sure you are compensated for your damages.

Causes of Bike Accidents

Even when bicyclists take all necessary precautions to protect themselves, including wearing helmets and other protective equipment and following traffic laws, they are often placed in danger due to the actions of drivers or other parties. Some reasons that bicycle accidents and injuries may take place include:

  • Traffic law violations - Drivers may act aggressively and put bicyclists at risk, including in cases where they believe that a bicycle is in their way or is slowing them down. Collisions can occur when drivers follow bicycles too closely, cut bicyclists off, turn in front of them, make lane changes without signaling, or fail to respect a bicycle's right of way. Drivers may also collide with bicycles due to other violations of the law, such as speeding or disobeying traffic signals.
  • Distracted driving - Talking on cell phones, texting, and other distractions can take a driver's attention away from the road, and they may fail to see a bicycle near their vehicle or in their path.
  • Drunk driving - Intoxication by alcohol or drugs will affect a driver's ability to see bicycles, respond to their movements, and react in time to avoid a collision.
  • Dooring - When a vehicle is parked near a bike lane, drivers or passengers may open their doors without checking to see if they will block the path of bicycles. This can cause a person to be thrown from their bike and suffer serious injuries, or a bicyclist may be pushed into the path of other vehicles, leading to a dangerous or deadly collision.
  • Road conditions - Bicycle crashes may occur because of damage to a road, path, or bike lane, or construction on roads or buildings may limit the space where bicyclists can travel, forcing them into traffic where they may be struck by vehicles.

Bicyclists have limited protection in collisions with motor vehicles, and they are likely to suffer serious injuries. Traumatic brain injuries may occur even if a person is wearing a helmet, and the impact with a vehicle, the ground, or other objects can lead to spine injuries, broken bones, severe lacerations, dislocated joints, and internal injuries.

Contact Our Gresham Bike Injury Lawyers

At Karchmar & Lambert, P.C., our attorneys can help you determine who was liable for a bike accident, including a driver who acted negligently, a city government that did not repair hazards on a road or bike path or correct a dangerous intersection, or the manufacturer of defective bicycle parts. We will work to make sure you are fully compensated for all of the damages you have experienced, which will allow you to recover from your injuries and meet your ongoing financial needs. Contact us and set up a complimentary consultation by calling 312-977-1300. We assist with bike accidents and injuries in Chicago and Cook County, including the surrounding suburbs and neighborhoods such as Ashburn, Bronzeville, Garfield Park, Kenwood, Austin, Gresham, South Shore, Chatham, Englewood, and Pullman.

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