Bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. Since cyclists don't have any exterior protection -- aside from a helmet hopefully -- getting struck by a vehicle can easily end in catastrophic injuries for the bicyclist, and zero injuries for the motorist.
Tragic "dooring" accidents are catching Chicago bicyclists off-guard left and right. With the city's horrible bicycle safety statistics, Chicago is clearly lacking when it comes to keeping pedal-powered bikers free from harm. On the other hand, Denmark, and its capital city of Copenhagen, both boast envious bicycle safety records.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.