Bicycling Accidents That Have Happened In Kane County
The posts have discussed accidents that have happened in the following cities:
- Aurora (6)
- near Hampshire
As seen in these posts bicycle accidents have the potential to cause serious accident injuries. As well, as seen in two of the Aurora accidents mentioned above – as well as seen in Illinois fatal bicycle accident statistics – some of the bicycle accident injuries can be fatal.
Reasons For Kane County Bicycling Accidents
A quick look at the seven Kane County bicycle accidents mentioned above show that these bicycle accidents happened for a number of reasons. In at least one of the accidents, the car that struck the bicyclist appears to have not seen the bike rider previous to the collision. As well, some of the accidents were “hit & run” accidents. While it is not known why the driver would flee the accident scene, often hit & run accidents involve the driver operating the vehicle while impaired, either by alcohol and/or by drugs. The driver does not want to stop at the accident scene as in doing so the driver may be charged with driving under the influence, among other charges.
Another notable accident involved a driver who “swung wide” while making a turn, and struck bicyclists in the other lane. While this type of bicycle accident is somewhat rare, it is nonetheless a potential hazard that bicyclists should be aware of.
Who Is At Fault In A Bicycle Accident?
Why a bicycle accident occurred – and determining which party is at fault for the bicycle accident – is very important in determining whether negligence occurred and whether an injury lawsuit may be successfully filed by the bicyclist. Such a lawsuit typically seeks compensation for the accident injuries and other harm that may have resulted from the accident. In the case of a fatal bicycle accident, the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit may be warranted.
Bicycle accidents can either be the fault of the bicyclist or the fault of a motorist or other third party, such as a city, county or state. The fault of the accident is often determined by a traffic accident investigation.
Types Of Bicycling Accidents
Types of common bicycling accidents include:
- Car-bike collisions
- Truck-bike collisions
- Bus-bike collisions
- Bicycle crashes with no vehicle involved
- Bicycle-bicycle collisions (when a bicyclist collides with another bicyclist)
- Bicycle-pedestrian collisions
The accident injuries that occur when a vehicle collides with a bike are often serious, for many reasons. One of these reasons is that bicycles don’t provide the type of enclosed structural impact protection that a car or truck provides to its occupants. As such, due to the physics and other dynamics involved, the bicyclist’s body absorbs much of the impact, causing a potential range of injuries.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
Potential bicycling accident injuries are extensive, and is largely dependent upon the specific aspects of the bike accident. Many bicycle accident injuries are relatively minor. These minor injuries would include:
- small “scrapes”
- minor bruises
- minor “Road rash” (skin abrasions that occur when skin contacts asphalt or concrete when a bicyclist falls from the bicycle)
Road rash is common on arms and legs for bicyclists who fall while traveling at higher speeds. Arms and legs are usually the first to contact the pavement, and thus abrasions are likely.
Bicycle accident injuries that are more significant include:
- broken arms
- broken legs
- broken ankles
- broken wrists
- broken ribs
Bicycle accident injuries that may cause semi-permanent or permanent impairments include:
- neck injuries
- spinal cord injuries
- back injuries
- injuries to the face
- head injuries, including concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Should You Be Hurt In A Bicycle Accident
Should you be injured in a Kane County bicycle accident – or an accident elsewhere in Illinois– there are various recommended steps you should take in order to both protect your health and your legal rights. These legal rights include the potential, for those accidents that are the fault of another party, to collect accident injury compensation.
A few of these steps include:
- Stop after the accident.
- Report the bicycle accident to the police.
- Get relevant information concerning the accident – this includes obtaining information as to the other party’s (for instance, the driver of the car that struck you) name, address, phone number, date of birth, driver’s license number, insurance company name, car make and model, and license plate number. Furthermore, if there are any witnesses to the accident, collect their names and full contact information. Also – only if it safe to do so – take pictures of the entire accident scene, including the damaged bicycle and all vehicles that were involved in the bicycle accident.
- Get a medical exam. There are various medical and legal reasons for this recommendation, as further discussed below.
- Speak with a personal injury attorney, as further discussed below.
After any significant accident, it is advisable to get a thorough medical exam from a qualified medical professional. There are various reasons – both legal and medical – for this recommendation. Among these reasons is that – as seen in many accident injury situations – injury symptoms may take a while to become obvious to those who have been injured. Some of these types of injuries may prove to be serious – and possibly lead to the death of the bicyclist – if not promptly and properly treated. Among those types of injuries in which symptoms may take (many) hours to become obvious are head injuries. A thorough medical exam done after an impact to the head will likely test for the existence of bleeding on the brain – as well as other problematical signs of traumatic brain injury (TBI) – in order to take prompt action if warranted. One example of an accident in which the bicyclist initially thought that he was not injured during the crash – only to discover hours later that he had suffered serious injuries requiring urgent medical care – is seen in the Aurora bicycle accident of July 17, 2014. This accident – as well as a description of the accident injuries which went undiscovered – is discussed in the July 18 post titled “Bicyclist Hit By Car In Aurora, Illinois” as well as the Aurora Beacon-News article mentioned in the post.
From a legal perspective, while someone who is injured may find it inconvenient to speak with an Illinois personal injury attorney soon after an accident, there are many reasons why such a discussion very soon after the injury can be very important. The personal injury attorney will be able to give specific advice as to what steps to take given the accident injury situation. The attorney will also be able to determine whether filing a personal injury lawsuit is appropriate, and how much compensation may be received for the injuries (i.e. how much the case may be worth.)
In the case of a fatal bicycle accident, the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate if the bicycle crash was caused by the negligence (or, in certain cases, the intentional actions) of another party. The personal injury attorney will be able to answer whether such a wrongful death lawsuit is appropriate, as well as the possible results of filing such a suit.
Should you be injured in an Illinois accident, call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Law Group, at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and the accompanying legal issues. This consultation is
- confidential in nature
- is provided without further obligation
Elman Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for 25+ years, and during this time has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases. Through this extensive experience we have built a reputation for our court trial performance. As seen in many cases, this successful trial experience may significantly increase your potential accident injury compensation.
Elman Law Group handles personal injury cases on a contingency basis, which means that you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.