As bicycling continues to grow in popularity both as a recreational activity as well as a method for commuting, there have been more miles traveled by bicycle. As these miles increase, there is an increased possibility of bicycle accidents, especially given that many of these miles ridden are done so on roadways as well as busy paths.
Bicycling accidents have often been discussed on this site, as they often lead to a range of serious if not life-threatening accident injuries. Some bicycle accidents lead to the death of the bicyclist, either at the accident scene or afterward.
During a bicycle accident, the bicyclist can be subject to very strong and unnatural forces during the collision. Individual Chicago area bicycle accidents are summarized in posts found under the “Bicycling Accidents” category. Additional discussion of bicycle accidents – including types of bicycle accidents as well as medical and legal considerations – can be found on the “Chicago Bicycling Accidents” and “Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries” pages.
Pedestrian safety continues to be a substantial traffic safety concern. As seen in Chicago area pedestrian accidents, many of which have been summarized on this site, when someone has been hit by a vehicle a range of serious accident injuries can result from the collision. In many cases these injuries are life-threatening in nature and many have led to the death of the pedestrian.
After pedestrian accidents, lawsuits are often filed in instances where the motorist was at fault. While there are many reasons why personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits may be filed, one of the primary reasons is that those injured seek to recover medical costs and other expenses that have been incurred due to the accident injuries.
“Wrong-Way Driver” incidents continue to happen on Chicago-area expressways, as well as throughout Illinois. As seen in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” posts on this site, in which many such accidents involving “wrong-way drivers” are summarized, when a driver is traveling in the wrong direction accidents often occur. Often, such crashes are “head-on collisions” which happen at highway speeds. “Head-on collisions” of this nature often cause serious, if not life-threatening, accident injuries to vehicle occupants. Most “wrong-way driver” crashes involve drunk drivers or drivers who are impaired because of drug use.
Drivers who are drug-impaired continues to be a significant and growing problem regarding traffic safety. There have been many Chicago-area vehicle accidents in which one of the drivers was drug-impaired. Some of these accidents have been summarized on this site.
Both during and after police chases, accidents often happen. Many times, the vehicle being pursued is traveling at unsafe speeds and in a reckless manner as the driver attempts to flee from police. There have been many Chicago accidents which have occurred that have involved drivers attempting to elude police.
There was another instance of such a crash happening in the Chicago area on Thursday (May 10, 2018) evening. In this instance, one pedestrian was fatally struck by a speeding car and another pedestrian was injured by the same car. At the time of the accidents, the car was attempting to flee from Chicago Police during a traffic stop.
According to Chicago Police, the fatal pedestrian accident happened on Chicago’s South Side, at 79th Street and Lafayette. The woman who was killed was identified as the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Julia Callaway, 55, of Chicago.
As bicycling continues to grow in popularity both as a recreational activity as well as a commuting method, there have been more miles traveled by bicycle. Despite various efforts to increase bicycling safety – such as installing designated bicycle lanes – this increase in bicycle travel has led to an increase in bicycle accidents. Many of these bicycle accidents involve injuries, which due to many factors are typically serious injuries. Some riders who are hurt during bicycle accidents suffer life-threatening injuries, and as seen on Chicago area bicycle accidents discussed on this site some of these accidents result in fatalities. Additional discussion of bicycle accidents – including common reasons for bicycle accidents, accident types, and injuries – are further discussed on the “Chicago Bicycle Accidents” and “Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries” pages.
Bicycling accidents have been often discussed on this site, as they often lead to a range of serious if not life-threatening accident injuries. There are many reasons as to why bicycling accidents typically result in serious injuries. One of these reasons is that the person riding the bicycle often bears the majority of the impact force. This force can cause very strong and unnatural forces to be transferred to the bicyclist during the collision.
There was a bicycle accident Thursday night (April 26, 2018) in Riverside in which a 16-year-old boy was hit by a car as he was riding his bicycle across an intersection.