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Distracted drivers endanger people on bicycles

Those who ride bicycles on public roads accept the risk that comes with sharing the space with much larger and heavier passenger vehicles. Even if a cyclist wears a helmet to reduce injury risks, the potential for severe, disabling and even fatal injuries is always just a few seconds away. Whether you ride a bike for your commute to work or just enjoy cruising around town on two wheels on the weekend, you need to stay alert to stay safe.

Sadly, awareness and remaining alert are two issues for many people in motor vehicles. People often choose to drive distracted, which can create a lot of risk for everyone else on the road. For those on bicycles, which offer little physical protection in the event of a collision, the distraction of a driver could result in terrible injuries.

3 ways to prevent dooring crashes

You love riding your bike, but you know there are hazards each time you hit the road. One such hazard is dooring. If a driver doesn't see you, he or she could open a door into your lane and cause a head-on collision. Many cyclists are badly hurt in these crashes, while others are killed.

As someone who also drives a car, there are things you can do to prevent these types of crashes. Use these tips to keep others safe and to educate those around you on safer ways to drive, park and get out of a vehicle.

Drunk drivers are liable for car accident damages

If a drunk driver causes a fatal or injurious collision in Illinois, the driver will be financially responsible to pay for the damages suffered by the people he or she injures. These damages will include the costs of medical care, property damage, lost income and other economic and noneconomic losses stemming from the accident.

If you or your loved one was injured or killed in a drunk driving vehicle crash, you may want to know the following:

Bicycle crash statistics: Another reason to wear a helmet

Bicycling is one of the healthiest fitness activities you can engage in. However, if you're involved in an accident on your bike, you might not survive -- especially if the accident involves getting struck by an automobile.

A quick review of the most recent bicycle accident statistics will reveal just how dangerous bicycling can be. For the reasons that follow, if you don't already wear a helmet when you take to the streets on your bike, you might want to consider heading to your local bicycle store to buy a helmet immediately.

The most important elements of a pedestrian vs. car accident

There are several important factors that can help or hinder a pedestrian's ability to pursue a vehicular accident injury claim. These factors deal with whether the motor vehicle driver was at fault or negligent in the collision.

The question of negligence usually is foremost in determining whether the pedestrian has a viable claim for damages. Essentially, negligence in this context means that the motorist did not act reasonably to protect others from foreseeable dangers.

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.

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