Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman has built a reputation in Chicago as the place injured bike riders turn to when they seek justice. Our experienced Chicago bicycle accident attorneys have represented hundreds of injured clients, obtaining large settlements and verdicts, including mutli-million dollar awards, for injured cyclists in the Chicago area. At Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman we know bike laws and we advocate for bike rights.
Through our vast experience with injured cyclists ion and out of Court, and our time working with bicycle advocacy organizations like the Active Transportation Alliance, we have shared tips for safe riding, avoiding injuries and summarized important changes in the law. As cycling in Chicago continues to grow and more bike accidents happen in Chicago, it is important to know the law, know your rights, and know what to do when injured in a bike accident.
Like in many personal injury cases, bike injuries vary from typical bumps, bruises, cuts, and scrapes, to more serious fractures and spinal disk injuries, to catastrophic accident resulting in death or paralysis. Some of the most common bike injuries result from the cyclist being injured by an opened door, commonly referred to as a 'dooring' injury, or being run over and/or off the road by a car or truck.
If injured, it is vital that Chicago cyclists know their legal rights and seek medical attention immediately. Fortunately for injured bicyclists, the City of Chicago and State of Illinois have passed favorable laws that hold negligent drivers accountable for bicycle accidents. The City of Chicago through the Chicago Municipal Code addresses the following bicycle laws:
Improper Right Turn in Front of a Bicycle
Improper Left Turn in Front of a Bicycle
Overtaking Bicycle Rider at Unsafe Distance (Less than 3 feet)
Opening and closing vehicle doors in traffic
MCC 9-40-060 states that:
Standing or parking in a bike lane is forbidden
If injured in a bike accident in Chicago or Illinois, our office recommends that the victim remain calm, asses the injuries and damage and take the following steps:
- Call 911
- Collect all witness information
- Tell the police officer your side of the story (if possible)
- Make sure the witness is listed in police report
- Make sure to get a copy of the police report
- Take pictures of your bike, the car & the scene
- Don't refuse medical attention if needed
- Leave the bike behind if need be
The next step is to contact an experienced, aggressive and compassionate Chicago bicycle injury attorney such as Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman. Unlike other firms who simply say they help injured cyclists, we actually have a proven track record of taking bike injury cases to trial and securing significant verdicts, often times vindicating a cyclist improperly faulted for their injuries. If injured in a bike accident in Chicago or the Chicago area, the only choice in bike injury law is the firm of Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman.CONTACT US TODAY