Can I Pursue Legal Action if I Get Hit by a Car While on My Bike?

Dangerous situation with a bicycle and a carAs Chicago becomes a more bike-friendly city, drivers and bicyclists are sharing the city streets while commuting to work, enjoying the beautiful summer days, or touring some of Chicago’s tourist attractions. An unfortunate result is that, each year, accidents involving motor vehicles and bicyclists occur in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Many of these bicyclists can pursue a personal injury claim.

What Causes Car-on-Bicycle Accidents in Chicago?

There are several common causes for bicycle accidents in Chicago. One example is “dooring,” which occurs when a motorist opens his or her door in the path of a cyclist. It poses a danger for bicyclists because it can be difficult to stop under the circumstances. Bicycle accidents also commonly occur as a result of a driver’s failure to see a cyclist, or from an improper right turn in front of a bicyclist traveling in the same direction.

Important Steps After a Bicycle Accident

A bicyclist who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident has rights, which may include the right to pursue legal action and collect compensation from the negligent driver for physical injuries, medical expenses, or lost income. Immediately after a bicycle accident, make sure to get the necessary medical assistance for any injuries sustained.

Following the accident, you should also contact the police and file a police or accident report. Before making a statement to the motorist’s insurance company, be certain to contact an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney to make sure your rights are protected.

Contact Rubens and Kress to Discuss Your Options

If you were injured by a motorist while riding a bicycle, you can contact our professional legal team at Rubens and Kress. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that you receive the compensation that you deserve, and there is no fee unless you collect. To further explore your legal options, contact Rubens and Kress online, at (312) 201-9640, or toll-free at (866) 890-9640.