When a bicycle and car get in an accident, the biker rarely walks away from the scene uninjured. Each year, hundreds of Illinois cyclists are killed in bicycle accidents and thousands more are seriously injured. If you were injured or a loved one was hurt or killed in a bike accident, it is important to hold those responsible for the accident accountable.
At Klest Injury Law Firm, we have more than 30 years of experience representing clients throughout Chicago and the surrounding Illinois suburbs in bicycle accident cases. This experience allows us to build strong cases for those who have been injured and to efficiently guide you through every step of your claim. We will be by your side throughout the legal process and will give you the information you need to make important decisions about your claim.
Bike Injury Victims
Anyone who rides a bike is at risk of being injured in an accident. This includes:
- Children: Children are smaller, harder to see and often less aware of their surroundings than adult cyclists. This makes them especially likely to be hurt in a bike accident.
- Teenagers: The greatest dangers bikers face are while riding at night, and nearly half of all accidents at night involve teenagers. Due to the size difference between bikers and motorists, bikers often suffer serious injuries, even in low-speed crashes.
- Adults: As more people turn to bikes as a green mode of transportation, the number of bicycle accidents also increases. Adults who ride recreationally or who use their bikes as their primary mode of transportation ride in danger of being unnoticed by motorists on the road.
One of the most common bicycle accidents in the Chicagoland area involves "dooring." Dooring accidents occur when a driver parks, fails to look for cyclists, and then opens his or her door into the path of a cyclist, causing a collision. These crashes occur at an alarming rate, accounting for nearly one in five of all bicycle accidents in Chicago.