How big of a problem are bicyclist accidents?
The frequency of bicycle-vehicle accidents really depends on a number of factors including who is driving the bike, on which type of road and in which city. According to statistics, bicyclists are more likely to be in an accident in Chicago than in any other city in the United States. Though none of us like to think about what would happen if we were in a bike accident, we should all be prepared in case something does go wrong.
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Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago bicycle accident attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. If you have questions about your bicycle accident call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.
The Chicago Pedestrian Plan and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) report that Chicago experienced an 8% reduction in pedestrian accidents from the years of 2005 to 2009. And Chicago actually has the 5th lowest pedestrian fatality rate. Despite this, our city is still the site of over 3,000 pedestrian accidents annually. And this is definitely something to be concerned about.
Sometimes bicycle-pedestrian accidents result in injuries and other times fatalities. In fact, in 2009, about 35 pedestrians passed away in Chicago accidents. In 2008 this number was nearly double, at around 60. And it was nearly triple at around 90 in 1995. So though there have been less accidents there is still reason for concern. The slightly good news is that in 2009, Chicago did rank lower than 14 other cities in our country for fatalities rates—but that is not exactly something celebrate. At the law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin, Chicago, we are honored to protect and fight for bicycle accident victims. As the son of a Chicago Steel worker and as a former police detective, Attorney Dan Newlin understands firsthand the importance of helping the good people of Northern Illinois and Chicago recover for their damages. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced bicycle accident lawyers will fight for you!
Pedestrian injuries have also reduced. There were about 650 in 2005, while there were more than 500 in 2009. Again, although this depicts a reduction, there are still too many of preventable accidents occurring. In fact, there was an increase between 2008, when there were 452 injuries, and 2009.
So why all these bicycle-vehicle accidents? One reason, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), may be because there has been a surge in promoting exercise in recent years. And with more people exercising outdoors, they are susceptible to accidents involving vehicles. Recent years have also seen a rise in cell phone use, and with this comes more distractions. If you text, talk, play games or listen to music while riding your bike, you increase your chances for getting involved in an accident. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced bicycle accident attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.
The GHSA report also shows that over 50% of pedestrian accident fatalities involved a drunk pedestrian. By limiting alcohol intake before you embark on a bike ride, that is just one more to reduce your risk for getting hurt.
Remember though that if you do get involved in an accident, it is crucial to have a knowledgeable lawyer on your side. It will help reduce some of your stress, answer your questions and ensure that you get a fair trial and can recover any damages you might be owed.
With all this talk of accident causes, you might be wondering which types of prevention methods exist. Some include:
- The government can allocate money to initiate bike safety programs for both adults and children.
- New bike safety laws can be created such as for cars to come to a complete stop when bikers are crossing the roadway in the crosswalk.
- There can be increased funding for law enforcement as well as for bicycle safety awareness.
- More warning signs and exclusive pedestrian areas can be created.
- There can be further study and research regarding bike crashes so that the data can be analyzed and potential hazardous intersections, troublesome roads or hazards could be fixed or rebuilt for safety.
- Bike infrastructure can be improved. In each congested traffic area, the city can build a new bike trail or path that is far from each road, or even create more crosswalks.
- Assign plain clothes police officers to patrol each crosswalk or intersection and give tickets to drivers that fail to stop for bicyclists.
By doing any of these things, together we can help reduce the occurrence of bicycle-vehicle crashes in and around Chicago. No matter how many precautions we all take, an accident might still be unavoidable.
If you or a loved one has been in a bicycle-vehicle accident, call (312) 888-8000 to discuss your options with a lawyer at the Law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin. Your consultation is always free, and we can help assess your case, provide you with advice and help fight for you if you are entitled to any compensation.
Though no amount of compensation can negate the physical, mental or emotional strain that comes alongside a bike accident, it can certainly ease some of the financial burden. So let us help you rebuild your life by taking the first step and calling us today.