Like any other major American city, bicycles are a common sight on any given day on the street of Chicago. Riding a bicycle for transportation is undoubtedly cost-effective and healthy, and many people use cycling as a source of low-impact cardiovascular exercise.
In spite of these benefits, bicycle-riding also has some drawbacks as well, such as the fact that accidents can leave victims with extremely serious injuries. If you are like most people, when you think of bicycle accidents, you think of accidents that are caused by careless drivers. In reality, there are many potential causes of bicycle accident, some of which can entitle victims to financial compensation. One of the most overlooked types of bicycle accidents that fall into this category are those caused by dangerous roads. There are a wide variety of road defects that can cause serious bicycle accidents, including the following:
● Cracked pavement
● Inadequate signage
● Missing lane markings
● Improperly marked bicycle lanes
● Defective stoplights
● Overgrown vegetation
● Inadequate drainage
● Unmarked excavations
● Poor road maintenance
It is important for people who have been injured in bicycle accidents caused by dangerous road conditions to understand that these cases must often be brought against the state agency responsible for the design and maintenance of the road. These kinds of cases are subject to special laws and rules (1) about how and when they may be brought, so it is important to talk to an experienced attorney as soon as soon as possible. Failure to do so may jeopardize your ability to recover compensation, potentially leaving you with unpaid medical expenses, lost income, and other significant losses.
Call a Chicago Bicycle Accident Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident that you think may have been caused by a dangerous road condition, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible. The Chicago personal injury lawyers of Abels & Annes, P.C. are committed to helping people hurt by the negligence of others recover for their injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 314-924-7575 or send us an email through our online contact form.