Once the cold weather and snow clears from our Chicago streets, more and more of our city’s residents take to the streets on their bikes. As a form of transportation and recreation, bike riding is one of the many ways to get out and see the city, get some exercise, and get to where you need to go. Unfortunately, with the increase in bike riders is an increase in the number of accidents that occur between bicyclists and cars. Without the metal protections that are afforded to cars, bike riders affected in these accidents oftentimes find themselves suffering from serious and life-changing personal injuries.
Drivers on the road have the responsibility to pay close attention to their actions and how they may affect others, both other drivers, bike riders, and even pedestrians. All of these have the legal right to be on the roads. When a driver does not take the time to operate their vehicle correctly and someone is seriously injured as a result, the driver of that car can and should be held accountable.
Of course, avoiding a bicycling accident is the first step to preventing injury:
If you or a loved one have been involved in a bike crash, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that your rights are protected. First, call law enforcement to report the accident and get the medical attention you need. Once you are all set, get the information of any witnesses to the accident. Take the time to document what occurred by writing your version of events down, getting a medical and police report, and taking as many photographs as possible. By preserving evidence, it can be shown that you are not at fault for your accident and the car’s driver should be held responsible for your injuries.