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.
There are a significant number of Chicago pedestrian accidents that happen as the pedestrian is walking in a crosswalk. While, in theory, a crosswalk should allow a person to safely walk across the street, for many reasons the safe passage of the pedestrian may not occur. Driver distraction, as well as other factors such as the driver “not seeing” the person walking across the street, can contribute to the possibility that the pedestrian will be hit by the vehicle.
Various aspects of the possibility of a person being hit while they walk in a crosswalk – as well as statistics concerning accidents that occur in crosswalks – are further discussed on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents That Happen While The Person Is Walking In A Crosswalk” and “Safety Concerns Posed By People Attempting To Walk In Crosswalks” posts.
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.
“Wrong-Way Driver” crashes are an ongoing traffic safety issue nationally as well as in the Chicago area. These crashes are particularly troublesome as they often result in “head-on” collisions that cause serious accident injuries to all vehicle occupants. In many instances these injuries result in fatalities.
On this site, many Illinois vehicle accidents causing injuries and fatalities have been summarized. The summaries regarding drivers who are driving in the wrong direction and have caused accidents are found in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category.
While there are many reasons as to why a driver leaves the accident scene, a common reason is that the driver does not want to be held accountable for the consequences resulting from the accident. In many instances the driver who flees the accident scene is at fault for the accident, and may have been driving recklessly. As well, the driver may have been impaired by either alcohol and/or drug use at the time of the accident.
“Wrong-Way Driver” accidents continue to happen on Chicago-area expressways as well as those throughout Illinois. These incidents are notable in many respects. Drivers who drive in the wrong direction often pose a great threat to both themselves as well as other motorists. Should the “wrong-way driver” collide with oncoming traffic, which is common, the accident injuries to all vehicle occupants are often serious in nature, and often are life-threatening. One of the reasons that such injuries caused by the “wrong-way driver” are serious is that the “head-on collision” that often occurs are inherently highly physically traumatic to those involved.
Chicago pedestrian accidents, as well as those that happen throughout the greater Chicago area, continue to be a major traffic safety concern. As seen in many Chicago area pedestrian accidents that have been summarized on this site, a broad range of accident injuries can occur after a person has been hit by a vehicle. Many of these injuries can be serious in nature, and some lead to a pedestrian fatality. Additional discussion of pedestrian accidents, including their characteristics, statistics and “what to do” if you have been hit by a vehicle, can be found on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents” page.
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.