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Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Chicago

When you head out on your bike, you’re making the responsible decision to decrease your carbon footprint, to bolster your health, and to free-up our overly clogged roads. You also, however, take on an immense risk. When you take to your bike, there’s absolutely nothing to protect you – other than your safety gear – from the impact of an accident.

Chicago Embraces Cyclists

The City of Chicago encourages its citizens and visitors to bike. Over the last several years, many new bike paths have been created and more than 100 miles of bike lanes have been laid. Additionally, extensive construction projects have been implemented to reimagine entire streets in Chicago’s downtown Loop to better accommodate bikers. Many cyclists take advantage of these improvements by commuting to and from work – and more.

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Bike Accidents Lawyers in Chicago

Thousands of people throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs regularly ride a bicycle as a source of transportation, exercise, or recreation. Unfortunately, bicyclists are regularly involved in accidents with motor vehicles in Chicago, making riding a bike a dangerous activity that has the potential to result in serious injuries.

There are many aspects of bicycle accidents and the legal process of helping victims recover that people do not know about, three of which are discussed below.

Bicycle Accident Cases Often Do Not Go to Trial

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Bike Accident Lawyers in Chicago

As the temperatures rise, more and more people will set out on their bicycles in Chicago. Whether you are riding for fun, for transportation, or for fitness, cycling in the springtime in the Windy City is always enjoyable. It is important, however, for all bicyclists to be aware of safe practices when they ride near traffic so they can avoid a crash whenever possible.

While there are many safety tips that can help prevent crashes, the truth is that no matter how prudent you may be on your bicycle, you cannot control the actions of others. Accidents can and will happen. For your safety, it is important that you know the following tips for what to do in the event you are injured on a bike ride.

  • Seek help for your injuries – Perhaps the most important consideration after a crash is your physical health. Many bicyclists are seriously injured and require immediate medical help. You should always contact emergency personnel to know whether your injuries need to be addressed immediately. Even if you can stay at the scene of the accident, you should have your injuries examined as soon as possible following the accident so that you receive the treatment you need.