As previously discussed on this site, there have been numerous accidents on Chicago’s Lakefront Bike Path. The path, which roughly parallels Lake Shore Drive for most of its length, is very popular especially during weekends in the summer months. This popularity has led to the path being very crowded at times, with people running, walking, rollerblading and bicycling. As well, many people walk across the bath to go to the beach or other areas along the lakefront.
Bicycle accidents that happen in Chicago can lead to a variety of outcomes for the bicyclist. While some lead to minor injuries – such as bruises and scrapes – many others lead to serious accident injuries. These serious injuries include a broad range, and recovery from such injuries can range from days to years. Some injuries may be permanent in nature. These permanent injuries often involve some type of impairment and can lead to ongoing medical and rehabilitation costs.
While fatal Chicago bicycle accidents can occur under various circumstances, in 2016 fatal bicycle accidents did tend to exhibit common characteristics. Those characteristics are discussed in the March 10, 2017 post (“Various Notable Aspects Of Fatal Chicago Bicycle Accidents In 2016.”)
Bicycle accidents often result in serious – if not fatal – accident injuries. On this site, various medical and legal issues regarding bicycle accidents are discussed on the “Chicago Bicycle Accidents” and “Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries” pages. Additionally, various bicycle accidents that have happened in the Chicago area as well as some throughout Illinois are summarized in posts found under the “Bicycling Accidents” category.
Two safety hazards for bicyclists in Chicago continue to be the possibility of “dooring” accidents as well as the nuisance and danger presented when a vehicle parks or blocks a designated bike lane. Both of these issues have been previously discussed on this site due to the accidents and injuries that they have caused. “Dooring” accidents, due to their nature, can be very physically traumatic to the bicyclist and can cause a range of injuries. [for those unaware of what a “dooring” accident is, the topic is discussed in the “Preventing Bicycle ‘Dooring’ Accidents” post.]
One of the primary traffic safety hazards continues to be distracted driving. While the dangers posed by distracted driving is applicable to all road users, among the most vulnerable to inattentive distracted drivers are those road users who are “harder to see.” These “hard to see” road users include bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. Further adding to the danger is that the bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians don’t have the structural impact protection afforded by a vehicle, so any accidents are usually (highly) physically traumatic. As seen on this site, many accident injuries to bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are serious in nature, if not fatal. For those injuries that do not lead to fatalities, often extensive hospitalization and rehabilitation is required, and semi-permanent and permanent impairments can occur.
Bicycle accidents continue to happen in Chicago as well as the broader Chicago area. Such accidents – which can happen for many reasons – are notable as they often lead to serious and in many cases fatal accident injuries.
On this site, many bicycle accidents have been summarized. Two pages (“Chicago Bicycle Accidents” and “Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries”) discuss various facets of bicycle accidents, including the medical and legal issues stemming from such accidents.
Bicycling accidents can happen due to many reasons. As seen in bicycling accidents that have been summarized on this site, bicycling accidents often lead to serious accident injuries, and in some cases fatalities. The subject of bicycling accidents – including medical and legal aspects – is further discussed on both the “Chicago Bicycling Accidents” page as well as the “Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries” page.
As mentioned on those pages, one type of bicycle accident is that of “bicycle dooring.” For those unaware of such accidents, such accidents happen when a driver opens the car door and a bicyclist who is approaching the car from the rear rides into the opening door. While these accidents typically happen in urban settings (where there is substantial amounts of parallel parking) they can also happen in suburban settings where there are cars or vehicles parked on the street, and the bicyclist is forced to “ride around” the parked vehicle.
Bicycle accidents continue to happen in Chicago on an ongoing basis. On this site, many fatal and non-fatal Chicago and Chicago-area bicycle accidents have been summarized. Two pages (“Chicago Bicycle Accidents” and “Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries”) further discuss various facets of bicycle accidents, including medical and legal issues associated with such accidents.
There are many reasons why bicycle accidents occur. Bicycle accidents are often notable as they typically lead to serious accident injuries.
There are many bicycle accidents that happen in Chicago on an ongoing basis. In the last few months, several high-profile fatal Chicago bicycle accidents have occurred, which has heightened recognition of the issue of Chicago bicycling safety.
On this site, many Chicago and Chicago area bicycle accidents have been summarized. As well, additional discussion concerning various facets of bicycle accidents is seen on the “Chicago Bicycle Accidents” page and the “Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries” page.