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.
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.
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.
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.
As discussed on the “Chicago Bicycle Accidents” and “Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries” pages, there can be many causes of bicycle accidents. As seen in the bicycle accidents that are summarized on this site, and there is a broad range of injuries that can result from such accidents. Some of the injuries can be life-threatening in nature.
While many bicycle accidents are caused by other parties – such as motorists – there are other crashes that are the fault of the bicyclist.
There was a bicycle accident in Arlington Heights on Friday (August 17, 2018) morning. The bicyclist suffered various injuries after being hit by a Jeep SUV.
There was a fatal Chicago bicycle accident Thursday (August 9, 2018) in the West Loop.
According to Chicago Police, the accident occurred at approximately 7:10 a.m. as the bicyclist, a 39-year-old woman, was riding north on Halsted. At Madison, she was struck by a dump truck that was making a right-hand turn.
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.
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.