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Bicycle accidents often result in the bicyclist being seriously injured.  On this site, many Chicago bicycle accidents accidents have been summarized and otherwise discussed.  These posts are found under posts found in the “Bicycling Accidents” category.

On Tuesday (June 23, 2020) morning a Chicago bicycle accident occurred in the Avondale neighborhood.  This accident involved a woman riding a bicycle who was hit by a City of Chicago truck.

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Bicycle “dooring accidents” have been extensively discussed on this site.  For those unaware, this type of bicycle crash happens when a driver who is parallel parked opens the car door as a bicyclist is approaching the car from the rear.  The bicyclist runs into the opened car door as the bike is passing the car.  As the bicyclist is typically riding at speed, the collision with the opened door – a fixed object – is usually highly traumatic.  The bicyclist can be seriously injured, and there are a wide range of injuries that can occur.  In a limited number of cases the injuries have led to the death of the bicycle rider.

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Bicycle accident injuries range widely in both type and severity.  Due to the physical forces involved, as well as a bicycle’s lack of structural protection, cyclists are often seriously injured when hit by a vehicle.  As seen in many Chicago-area accidents, some cyclists are fatally injured during a crash.

On this site, types of bicycle accidents are discussed on the “Chicago Bicycle Accidents” page.   Reasons that bicycle accidents occur, and the associated injuries, are discussed on the “Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries” page.

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There was a fatal South Side bicycle accident Sunday (November 17, 2019) night.  Details on the accident are somewhat limited.  The cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.  The accident is under investigation.

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An Irving Park bicycle accident led to a fatality Wednesday, November 6, 2019.  According to Chicago Police, this Irving Park bicycle accident happened at the intersection of North Milwaukee Avenue and Kilbourn Avenue.

This Irving Park bicycle accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article of November 7, 2019 titled “Driver cited for negligent driving, improper turn in crash that killed bicyclist in Irving Park.

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Crosswalks are supposed to provide a method of safe passage for pedestrians and other users such as joggers and bicyclists.  However, as seen in many serious accidents summarized on this site, even if a pedestrian or other user is lawfully using a crosswalk they can be hit by a vehicle.  As is often the case in pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents, when a person is hit by a vehicle a range of serious injuries can occur, with many injuries resulting in life-threatening conditions.

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Bicycling “dooring accidents” continue to be a substantial traffic safety concern.  These crashes can occur anywhere where parallel parking occurs, and as such many happen in urban areas.  However, it can happen in any instance when a bicyclist attempts to pass a parked car on the left.  Given that the bicyclist can be traveling at a significant speed at the time of the “dooring accident,” accident injuries can be significant and possibly life-threatening in nature.   Common injuries that occur during a “dooring accident” include head injuries, neck injuries, bruises, abrasions, and shoulder injuries.  However, a broad range of other injuries can occur.

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Bicycle accidents often lead to serious accident injuries.  Many of these injuries can become life-threatening in nature.  As seen in the Chicago-area bicycle accidents that have been summarized on this site, a variety of accident injuries have resulted from such crashes.

As discussed on the “Chicago Bicycle Accidents” and “Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries” pages, bicycle accidents can happen for many reasons.  Many such accidents are the fault of other parties such as motorists.  Riding in urban settings, in heavy traffic, can present many potential challenges to safe riding.

Due to many factors, cyclists who are injured during a crash that is not their fault often seek compensation for their accident injuries through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit.  These lawsuits can seek various types of compensation, depending upon such factors as the type and severity of the injuries as well as the hardships caused by these injuries.

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As discussed on both the “Chicago Bicycling Accidents” page as well as the “Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries” page, there are many types of bicycle accidents that can occur.  Many such accidents lead to serious accident injuries, and some lead to fatal injuries.  Among the most serious accident injuries that can result from bicycle accidents is head injuries.

One type of bicycle accident is a “dooring” accident.  For those unaware, such accidents happen when a driver opens the car door and a bicyclist who is approaching the car from the rear rides into the opened door.  While these accidents typically happen in urban settings (because of the substantial amount of parallel parking) they can also happen in suburban settings where cars or vehicles are parked on the street, and the bicyclist has to “ride around” the parked vehicle.

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