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Did you crash into someone's door while riding your bike?

It's every bicyclist's worst nightmare. You're riding down the street and a line of vehicles is parked parallel to your right along the road. You're following all traffic laws and riding carefully, then out of nowhere, the drivers' side doors of one of the parked cars flies open directly in your path. You crash into the door, go flying over your handlebars and your body smashes into the concrete.

As a result of the collision, you break your collarbone, bruise some ribs and have a near-fatal head injury. Meanwhile, the driver of the car is looking over you and trying to tell you it was your fault.

Was your son hit by a car while riding his bike?

A child bicycle accident might happen like this: Your 11-year-old son was riding his brand new bicycle to the convenience store one Saturday afternoon to buy a soft drink and a candy bar. Being the child that he was, he didn't judge the traffic appropriately before crossing the road, and a motorist clipped the back wheel of his bicycle sending him flying.

Fortunately, your son only broke his arm and he'll soon recover, but the emergency room bills and ambulance ride are going to cost you thousands of dollars.

A concussion requires the right type of treatment

Any type of brain injury is one that requires your full and undivided attention. The last thing you want to do is assume that your brain will heal itself with time. Instead, you need to work with a qualified medical team who can implement the best treatment strategy at the right time.

Take, for example, a person who has suffered a concussion in a motor vehicle accident. While you may not immediately realize that something is wrong, it’s important to consult with a medical professional without delay. This is the best way to ensure that you’re treating this problem, as well as any other, in the appropriate manner.

Cyclists: Who's to blame for your dooring accident?

One of the things cyclists know they have to look out for are drivers who park and swing their doors open without looking in the lane next to them. Cyclists have to ride as far to the right as possible on a road, and that sometimes means riding close to parked vehicles. Throwing a door open suddenly gives a cyclist no time to maneuver, leading to a dooring accident. If this happens, you have the option of pursuing a claim against the driver.

Dooring accidents are hard to avoid in Chicago

For many, riding a bike is a way of life. From commuting to training for the next race, people are riding bicycles all over the city. For the commuter, such as yourself, your route is usually limited from home to work during the majority of the time. You know every blind intersection and pothole going to and from your office.

The one thing that is the hardest for you to avoid is a dooring accident. It has happened to a few of your friends and it finally happened to you too. You were riding on the right side of the lane, between moving traffic and cars parked along the side of the street. While you were looking over your shoulder to judge the intentions of the driver coming up behind you, it happened. The door of a parked car suddenly flew open and you had no way to avoid it.

Dooring accidents in Chicago: An Overview

People choose to bike in the city of Chicago for a range of reasons. Some people choose to commute to school or work on a bike because they want to help reduce their environmental impact. Others may find biking faster than driving, if they need to move through congested traffic areas regularly. Some may use bicycling as a means of exercising and staying in shape.

Whatever the reason for your decision to bike in Chicago, you deserve to safely share the road with motor vehicles. Sometimes, a dooring accident takes away that sense of safety, and leads to serious injuries.

Bicycle commuters can be involved in a serious accident

In many big cities, such as Chicago, it's not uncommon for people to commute to and from work on a bicycle. For some, this is better than driving their car (and dealing with parking) or relying on public transportation.

There are many benefits of bicycling to and from work, including the ability to better control your schedule. Along with this, it allows you to save both time and money.

Strange Holiday Mishaps And Injuries

You survived the holiday season! Hopefully it was full of family, fun, and festivities. But, the holiday season can also be filled with a lot of drama and dramatic injuries, and not everyone gets through it unscathed.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 20,000 Americans visit the ER each year due to holiday decoration injuries alone. That's not to mention the large number of visits due to Christmas or New Year's Eve festivities gone wrong.

Winter can lead to serious risk for bicycle accidents in Chicago

Those who are truly devoted to biking as a form of transport and exercise know that winter weather doesn't mean the end of biking season. From proper outerwear to fat tires meant to better grip snowy and icy roads, there's gear that can make winter biking accessible for most who bike.

And, winter biking can be exhilarating! From the crisp rush of cold winter wind to the warp-like feeling that comes from snowflakes flying around your face as you pedal, winter biking is unlike biking during any other season. Sadly, for some bikers, winter biking can be the cause of a serious injury.

A Short Timeline Of Bicycles And Bike Accidents

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We often blog about current situations facing bicyclists in Chicago and around the country, but there's more to the story of bike safety than just recent issues. Today, we're turning the clock back and looking at the history of bikes and bike crashes. From the story of an industrious blacksmith in 1830s Scotland to the large-scale data collected about bike accidents in the United States today, here is our brief history of bicycle accidents.

If you find this timeline interesting or if you have friends or family members who are generally interested in biking, please consider sharing this article on Facebook and Twitter!

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