Who is most likely to be involved in a bicyclist accident?
Being involved in a motor vehicle-bicycle accident is a traumatic event to experience. Afterwards you face uncertainty as the medical bills pile up for the extensive care for the injuries you’ve sustained. But through all this, it’s important to remember that you are not alone.
My staff and I always consider it an honor to be contacted by the victims of bicycle accidents, and we will always be ready to listen to all of your concerns over the damages and losses you have suffered as a result of the bicycle accident. On many occasions we find that pedestrian accidents cause severe injuries and devastating property loss and that injured victims are often times left with permanent incapacitating injuries. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced lawyers will fight for you. 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. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago 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.
In order to fully understand these stats, it’s important that you understand what is meant by pedestrian. A pedestrian is not just someone who chooses to walk rather than drive a car. In the following stats, pedestrian may refer to skateboarders, joggers, in-line skaters and even bicyclists. And motor vehicle may apply to automobiles, taxis, limos, city buses, tractor-trailers or motorcycles.
Motor vehicle-pedestrian/bicycle accidents happen all too frequently. And 85% of deaths from such collisions occur in cities like Chicago, yet 80% of those accidents happen away from a crosswalk or intersection. Also, 90% of those collisions occur in good weather and only 67% during nighttime hours. Alcohol may also play a part, with nearly 50% of fatal pedestrian traffic accidents involving alcohol on the part of at least one of the parties.
While the traffic and congestion of urban areas presents many dangers that lead to motor vehicle-pedestrian accidents, rural areas are not necessarily safer. In fact, the death-to-accident ratio in rural areas is actually greater than that of cities. This is most likely due to the faster speeds exhibited by automobiles and the false sense of security on the part of pedestrians due to fewer motor vehicles on the roads in rural areas.
Not surprisingly, the elderly and young children are more often at risk for being involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. The elderly often live within walking or biking distance to stores for the sake of convenience. However, they also have significantly slower reaction times than the average bicyclist and may exhibit diminished mental faculties along with vision and hearing impairments, resulting in an increased likelihood of being in an accident.
Young kids, on the other hand, often move too quickly without exhibiting caution. Their impulsive nature mixed with an inability to adequately judge traffic dangers leads to them all too often being victims in an accident with a motor vehicle. For instance, a child may chase their ball into the street without ever stopping to look for traffic simply because they do not understand the danger. Such an accident may have dire consequences, including death. 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.
Motor-vehicle-pedestrian/bicycle accidents can happen to anyone anywhere. You are not alone and you shouldn’t try to recover for you injuries on your own. Call the qualified attorneys at the Law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin at (312) 888-8000 to assist you with your claim. Our consultation is free and we will be sure to inform you of your rights in this dire situation.