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The 'Dutch Reach' could saves lives: Use it

We've all heard about the tragedy of "dooring" accidents in the Chicago area. Last year, it was reported that these potentially fatal bicycle versus car accidents increased by 50 percent in Chicago.

However, if drivers learned and practiced the Dutch Reach maneuver, they could prevent these accidents from happening.

Remember to bike safely this spring and summer

Once winter finally gives way to spring, in the Schaumburg and Greater Chicago metro area, bicycles become common sites on our roads and sidewalks. people head out to enjoy the beautiful weather. Experienced bikers know that laws for allowing bikes in traffic lanes are often ignored by frustrated and irrational drivers. 

While most drivers use common sense, bikers also have a responsibility for their own safety. As the saying goes, "The graveyard is full of people who had the right of way."

Are self-driven automobiles safe for testing?

There has been a great deal of fervor in recent years about self-driving car technologies. While proponents say that automatically-driven cars are extremely safe and ready for testing on U.S. roads, critics say that the technology isn't quite there yet.

Even if self-driving technology is safe, however, it raises serious questions about liability. One of the biggest of these is whether the developers of the technology, vehicle owners or a combination of parties will be financially liable in the event that an autonomous car causes an accident and injuries.

What do the latest U.S. bicycle accident statistics tell us?

The latest bicycle accident statistics in the United States indicate that the roads in Illinois and elsewhere around the country present real and serious danger to every bicyclist who braves them. In fact, it seems that bicyclists' deaths are on the rise.

According to the most recent statistics released by the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) last year -- which pertain to the year 2015 -- we are currently experiencing the highest frequency of bicyclist deaths since 1995.

Don't make one of these car insurance claim mistakes

If you find yourself facing the aftermath of a car accident, it's easy to assume that your insurance company will take care of everything for you. This way, all you have to do is sit back and wait for things to unfold.

Unfortunately, you can't rely on your insurance company to do what's best for you and your future. Even if you trust your agent, he or she is going to do what is in their best interest. As a result, this doesn't always work out in your favor.

Watch what you say at the scene of a car accident

After a car accident, you may have difficulty knowing how to respond and interact with the other parties at the scene while keeping your rights protected. This is normal, but it is important to remember that the way that you behave after an accident may have a significant impact on a subsequent legal claim.

After a car accident, the things you say and the actions you take at the scene may affect the outcome significantly. It is wise to remain calm, avoid speaking to other parties as much as possible, and seek medical care as soon as you can. Even if you do not believe that you suffered any injuries, you may have injuries you cannot yet feel. The sooner that you receive medical care, the sooner you can begin recovering and getting back to your normal life.

Avoid bicycle-on-bicycle crashes with these tips

Motorcyclists and vehicle drivers must maintain auto insurance to protect themselves and others in the event of an injurious accident. This insurance is especially important to make sure enough money is available to pay for the medical care of victims who get hurt in a collision due to no fault of their own. Bicyclist, however, are not required to have insurance.

This is why a bicycle-on-bicycle accident can be problematic from a legal perspective. When an insured motorist injures a bicyclist, the bicyclist can pursue compensation in court, and the bicyclist has a realistic expectation to receive damages provided that the bicyclist has effective legal representation. Pursuing damages from an uninsured, at-fault bicyclist, on the other hand, comes with the risk of the bicyclist not having enough money to pay the damages.

3 things to know about dooring crashes

As someone who enjoys riding your bike, you may already be familiar with the term, "dooring." Dooring is when a driver opens his or her door into your lane of travel without looking. Since you have no time to stop, you'll hit the door and be thrown from your bicycle.

Dooring accidents take place too often to overlook them. Here are a few quick facts to keep in mind.

What should I do immediately after a bicycle crash with a car?

Bicyclists can do a lot to stay safe and avoid accidents with automobiles on the road. However, at a certain point, there is a limit to what a bicyclist can do to prevent a crash. Motorists are often distracted, looking at their cellphones, speeding or breaking the rules of the road. Sometimes, car drivers create dangerous situations for bicyclists on purpose by intimidating bicyclists and even trying to run them off the road.

If you were involved in any kind of bicycle versus car collision, no matter the circumstances, keep reading. The following advice is for you.

Bicycle accident prevention: Avoid 'the crosswalk slam'

As a pedestrian or bicyclist, you would think that crossing a street in a crosswalk is the safest way to get from A to B, but don't let the supposed safety of crosswalks fool you. Drivers do not always look out for bicyclists and pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections - and numerous catastrophic accidents happen as a result of this.

Fortunately, as a bicyclist, there are a few things you can do to avoid a crosswalk bicycle accident.

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