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Chicago bicycle law and the 'common' motorist

A couple months ago, Chicago passed a new law to improve bicycle safety. The motivation for the law was two-fold: Increase safety for bicyclists and increase traffic flow. The law allows motorists to pass bicyclists in otherwise no-passing areas and it also lets bicyclists ride on the shoulders of roads.

According to the chief programs officer of the bicycle safety group, "Ride Illinois," the new law legalizes certain practices that have become commonplace for motorists and bicyclists.

Something motorists have always been doing

Motorists have always crossed the centerline in no-passing areas to go around bicyclists who are riding on the shoulder. Furthermore, bicyclists have long ridden on the shoulder of the road.

When drivers didn't cross the centerline to pass these bicyclists, they were essentially in the right - and they weren't breaking the law - but they were endangering the lives of cyclists by passing so closely. This can result in "sideswipe" crashes.

A great step forward for bicycle safety

According to bicycle safety experts, cyclists need at least three feet of space to prevent the threat of accidents and injuries as drivers pass. The new rules give cyclists this amount of safe clearance, and it's hoped that fewer bicycle crashes will happen as a result. If drivers encounter a cyclist who's riding at half the speed limit - and as long as drivers have enough space and aren't speeding - they are now permitted to pass in an otherwise no-passing area.

Accidents will still happen

No matter how many laws we create - and no matter how safe drivers and bicyclists try to be - it's impossible to eliminate the risk of a bicycle crash completely. Depending who is at fault for these accidents, injured bicyclists may have the ability to pursue financial damages relating to their medical care caused by the crashes. Similarly, surviving family members of bicyclists killed by negligent or unlawful motorists, may be able to pursue wrongful death claims for financial restitution and justice.

After a bicycle accident, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to learn about your legal options.

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