Bicycle-Vehicle Accidents in Illinois
Bicyclists have little to protect them when they are hit by cars, buses, trucks, and other large vehicles. These accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, including head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other life-altering injuries. Sadly, bike accidents are often fatal.
If you or someone you love was involved in a bicycle-vehicle collision in Illinois, reach out to our team at Anesi Ozmon. Since 1955, our Chicago bicycle accident attorneys have secured favorable settlements and verdicts on behalf of injured accident victims and the loved ones of those wrongfully killed. We understand the law, and we know how to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Bike Accidents?
Motorists have a responsibility to share the road with bicyclists and avoid engaging in any driving behaviors that could put bicyclists at risk. Unfortunately, many automobile drivers are negligent. This negligence frequently leads to vehicle-bicycle collisions—and the results can be catastrophic.
Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Failing to check for bicyclists in vehicle blind spots
- Unsafe or unlawful turns, lane changes, and merging
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Speeding, including driving too fast for current conditions
- Failing to yield the right of way to bicyclists
- Failing to keep a safe distance from bicyclists
- Aggressive or reckless driving, including road rage
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Driving in designated bicycle lanes or on the shoulder
- Turning into a bicyclist/across an oncoming bicyclist’s path
- Opening car doors into bicyclists or into an oncoming bicyclist’s path
- Driving while fatigued/falling asleep at the wheel
- Violating traffic laws or rules of the road
Not all bike accidents involve motor vehicles. Sometimes, bicyclists can be injured due to roadway hazards or public sidewalk defects. In other instances, a product defect—such as a faulty bicycle helmet—could be to blame for a cyclist’s injuries.
These cases are often complex and require skilled representation from an experienced attorney. Our firm knows where and how to look for liability, and we work with a team of professionals, including accident reconstruction experts, to accurately identify the negligent party.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Even when they wear bicycle helmets and other safety gear, cyclists simply do not have as much protection as someone in a passenger car or motor vehicle. As a result, they tend to sustain more severe injuries than the occupants of motor vehicles when these types of accidents occur. Often, bicyclists’ injuries are severe, leading to significant complications or even lifelong disability.
Some of the most common bicycle accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Serious cuts and lacerations
- Bruising and internal bleeding
- Amputation/loss of limb
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Road rash, or friction burns
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal organ damage
Such injuries frequently require extensive medical treatment and ongoing care. Victims often cannot return to work, either temporarily or permanently, and they are likely to suffer significant physical pain and emotional trauma.
At Anesi Ozmon, we understand the importance recover maximum compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our Chicago bicycle accident attorneys have the experience, resources, and skills to aggressively pursue every penny you are owed, even if that means taking your case to trial. We offer a collaborative approach and will work directly with you to understand your specific needs, concerns, and goals. As your legal team, we will always be available to answer your questions, take your call, and guide you through the personal injury process.
Standing Up for the Rights of the Injured
At Anesi Ozmon, we stand up for the injured and fight for the full amount of compensation available to our clients. Our personal injury lawyers have been helping accident victims and their families in and around the Chicago area for more than 65 years.
Our extensive experience includes real results recovered on behalf of bicycle accident victims. In one case, we successfully achieved a $950,000 verdict for a woman training to be a triathlete who was struck by a car while riding her bicycle. While we cannot guarantee a specific outcome for your case, we assure you that we will do everything possible to secure the best possible settlement or verdict on your behalf.
There are no out-of-pocket expenses when you work with our team. Instead, we only collect legal fees at the successful conclusion of your case. If we do not recover compensation on your behalf, you do not pay!
We Handle Your Case, So You Can Recover
We understand the uncertainty you face and aim to provide you peace of mind. Clients may worry about making ends meet while missing work because of injuries or staying out of debt from medical bills. Our aim is to go above and beyond what you expect so that you can focus on recovery.
Work Directly With Your Attorney
Our firm believes that in order be a successful team, we need to work directly with our clients. Not only do you get to work directly with your attorney, but you always have access to their direct number to ensure your questions never go unanswered.
Personalized Strategies & Results
At Anesi Ozmon, we believe that no two situations are alike. Thus, we work to not only learn about your case but also about what unique goals and needs you may have in order to provide you with legal counsel customized to you.
Protecting the Injured Since 1955
Anesi Ozmon has four generations of leaders and decades of experience protecting the rights of those injured. When you come to our office, you don't just get our team, you get our history.