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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a cyclist, you must constantly remain aware of drivers around you, even in areas with bike-friendly features or protections. The unfortunate truth is, despite increasing awareness of cyclists, collisions with cars and other vehicles do happen.
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.
Riding a bike through Chicago can be thrilling and terrifying all at the same time. Dodging cars and pedestrians might be second nature to you already. Unfortunately, it does not take much to find yourself on the ground with a broken bone or two, some nasty road rash, and a bent bike frame. In reality, drivers tend to view cyclists as second class, with fewer rights to share the road. Even though the law says otherwise, many cyclists find themselves taking the blame after a collision with a vehicle.
One of the most common kinds of bike crashes involves getting the front tire caught on something, which sends the bicyclist over the handlebars. These over-the-handlebars bike accidents can also happen if a cyclist applies too much brake to the front tire.