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Were You Injured in a Bike Accident? We Have Your Back.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2018, 857 bicyclists lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes, a 6% increase from 2017. One life lost is one too many, and considering the number of bicyclist injuries per year is much higher than deaths, it’s critical to ensure that responsible parties are held accountable for their negligence.Attorney Gal Pissetzky - avid cyclist

Our team at Pissetzky & Berliner deeply understands the dangers that bicyclists face, as attorney Gal Pissetzky is an avid cyclist himself. As such, he can walk in our clients’ shoes and advocate for them as if he suffered a bicycle injury himself. A member of Colavita Chicagoland, the largest recreational cycling team in the US, Mr. Pissetzky has experienced firsthand the road rage that drivers have against cyclists. Drivers often forget that they must share the roads with bicyclists, and the consequences of such absentmindedness can be devastating.

For instance, you may not only experience pain and suffering but also lose income from your inability to go to work, be subjected to expensive medical bills and experience battles with insurance companies. While you focus on recovering from your injuries, our Chicago personal injury lawyers will go above and beyond to negotiate for the maximum compensation you deserve and won’t settle for less. If you’re not satisfied with your settlement offer, we’ll take matters to trial if that’s what it takes.

Our Chicago personal injury attorneys are dedicated to championing your legal rights and best interests at every stage of the process. To arrange a free consultation, contact us at (312) 883-9466 today!

Common Causes of Bicycle Injuries

Bicyclists are not afforded the same protection as motorists. Riders are vulnerable on the roads, and while helmets and padding are effective, they do not guarantee the prevention of injuries. As a bustling urban area, Chicago is a hotspot for bicyclist injuries and deaths. Although many bicycle accidents result from single-vehicle crashes, other factors involving both drivers and cyclists contribute to accidents, such as:

  • Distracted driving/riding
  • Speeding
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Road and weather conditions
  • Not wearing a helmet
  • Mechanical defects
  • Lack of bike path

Proving Negligence in Your Case

Carelessness and recklessness should not go unnoticed, especially if they caused your bicycle injury. To successfully litigate your case, our personal injury attorneys in Chicago must prove four elements of negligence, all of which must be satisfied to increase your chances of securing maximum compensation:

  • Duty of Care: The defendant was obligated to treat you with care and prevent harming you.
  • Breach of Duty: The defendant failed to exercise reasonable care.
  • Causation: The defendant’s actions, or failure to act, resulted in your injury. If the defendant didn’t perform such carelessness, you would not suffer an injury.
  • Damages: The victim must prove that they sustained bodily harm, or personal or property harm.
    • Proof of harm may come in the form of medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and disability.

Illinois Bicycle Laws

Did you know that the state of Illinois enforces bike laws? Bicyclists are subject to the same laws as drivers. They are important to learn, as your personal injury claim may be ineffective if you violated these laws and subsequently suffered an injury, even if a vehicle was involved. Mr. Pissetzky personally understands the value of learning the state’s bike laws, as it has protected the lives of himself and his fellow cyclists.

Illinois bicycle laws include:

Lane positioning: When riding roadways and bicycle paths at less than normal traffic speed, ride as close as practicable and safe to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except:

  • When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction
  • When preparing for a left turn
  • When reasonably necessary to avoid fixed or moving objects or narrow lanes that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge
  • When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized
  • When riding on a one-way highway with two or more marked traffic lanes

Left turns: Bicyclists may choose between a vehicular-style left turn or a box-style left turn. Box-style left-turns mean riding near the right side of the roadway, cross the intersecting roadway, stop, yield to any traffic and proceed in the new direction.

Hand signals: Bicyclists must not signal less than 100 feet before turning and while their bike is stopped while waiting to turn. Signals from the left and right side are as follows:

  • Left turn and right turn: Hand and arm extended horizontally
  • Stop or decrease of speed: Hand and arm extended downward

Use of sidewalks: Local ordinance may prohibit bicyclists from using sidewalks. Where permitted, bicyclists must yield to pedestrians and give audible signals before passing pedestrians. Bicyclists on sidewalks have the same rights and duties as pedestrians.

Lights and other equipment on bicycles: For night riding, bicyclists must have a front lamp with a white light visible from at least 500 feet to the front and a red reflector on the rear visible from 100 feet to 600 feet. A rear light visible from 500 feet may also be used.

Tips to Best Avoid a Crash

While you can’t predict the actions and behaviors of drivers and pedestrians on the road, you can follow the tips below to better protect yourself from getting into a bike accident:

  • Ride predictably
  • Be confident
  • Be courteous
  • Communicate your actions non-verbally
  • Be aware
  • Never ride against traffic
  • Never wear headphones while riding
  • Be aware of vehicles’ blind spots

What to Do After a Crash

Following your accident, you may likely feel disorientated and frightened. However, you must take the following steps to have the best possible chances of receiving a fair settlement from the negligent party responsible for your injuries:

Seek medical attention: Even if you don’t think you’re injured at the time of your crash, it is in your best interests to get medical help right away. Your medical bills, receipts and other related documentation can serve as evidence and thus strengthen your personal injury case.

Call the police and file a report: Getting a police report is another strong piece of evidence for your case and also help in filing your insurance claim. Even if the crash was minor, it is important to get law enforcement authorities involved

Gather all the information: Record information including the responsible driver’s insurance, witnesses’ names and contact information, medical documents and receipts and police reports.

Hire a lawyer: It is critical to your claim to hire a personal injury attorney to represent your rights, advocate on your behalf, and aggressively negotiate for the highest settlement possible in your case. You need a lawyer who takes your concerns personally, which is why you can trust our team to fight for you.

Mr. Pissetzky is a passionate cyclist who relates to clients on a personal level and empathizes with their pain and suffering. As such, when you put Pissetzky & Berliner in your corner, you can rest assured that our Chicago personal injury attorneys will work tirelessly — day and night — to achieve maximum compensation in your case. Our team is committed to doing the “heavy lifting” while you focus on what’s important: Recovering.

We understand that you are likely experiencing overwhelming emotions and fear about your future, as bicyclist injuries generally involve a long road to recovery. But once you retain our personal injury lawyers in Chicago, we may help alleviate your stress.

To get started, contact us online or by calling (312) 883-9466!

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