Bicycling Accidents That Have Happened In DuPage County
Various bicycle accidents have been discussed on this site. Bicycle accidents have the potential for causing serious injury, and in some cases, fatal injuries. Individual DuPage County bicycle accidents that have been summarized are in posts listed under the “Bicycling Accidents” category. The “DuPage County Bicycle Accidents” page discusses various general aspects of bicycle accidents, including Illinois bicycle accident statistics.
As seen in the various posts, bicycle accidents that have happened in DuPage County over the recent past occurred in Glendale Heights and Naperville. As discussed in these posts, the bike riders hurt in these accidents were seriously injured. In one of the Naperville accidents, the bicyclist died from their accident injuries.
The Chicago Tribune article of May 12, 2015, titled “Silent rides to honor bicyclists who were injured or died in accidents” also discusses various aspects, including statistics, regarding bicycle accidents that have happened in various cities and villages within DuPage County.
Various Popular DuPage County Bicycling Routes
DuPage County has many streets and paths that are popular to bicyclists.
Various paths and trails are available. As stated on the DuPage County bikeways and trails website:
Today, DuPage County is home to more than 500 miles of trails that arean integral part of our identity and a priceless amenity that runners, cyclists, equestrians, dog walkers and nature lovers treasure.
Reasons For DuPage County Bicycling Accidents
Bicycling accidents happen in DuPage County for various reasons. Generally speaking, throughout the Chicago area bicycling has become more popular as both a recreational activity and as a means for transportation. The increase in total bicycle mileage traveled, as well as increased (motorist) traffic means that there is an increased likelihood of bicycle accidents.
Bicycle accidents can be the fault of the bicyclist or the fault of a motorist or other third party, such as a city. Often the fault of the accident is determined after an accident investigation is performed. Why the accident occurred – and determining which party is at fault for the accident – is very important in determining whether negligence occurred and whether an injury lawsuit may be successfully filed by the bicyclist seeking compensation for accident injuries. In the case of a fatal bicycle accident, a wrongful death lawsuit may be warranted.
Types Of Bicycling Accidents
Those accidents that are the fault of the bicyclist can happen for many reasons. Common reasons that people crash on their bicycles when it is their own fault include:
- Loss of bicycle control
- Failure to obey traffic laws, such as failing to obey stop lights and stop signs, which then causes a car-bicycle collision or truck-bicycle collision
- Bicycle rider error, which can cause various types of crashes
- Riding too fast given the conditions (which often leads to a loss of control)
- Poor bike handling skills (which can lead to a loss of bicycle control)
- Poorly maintained bicycles that can lead to mechanical problems that cause crashes
- When a bicyclist collides with another bicycle
- When the bicyclist collides with a pedestrian
The crashes that result from the above-listed reasons often cause serious accidents, and accompanying accident injuries. In some cases, these accident injuries lead to the death of the bicycle rider.
Accidents that are the fault of a driver (or another third party such as a municipality) can also happen for various reasons. The injuries that occur when a vehicle collides with a bike are often serious, as bicycles don’t provide the type of structural impact protection that an enclosed vehicle, such as a car, provides to its occupants. Among the most serious car-bicycle collisions are those that are “head-on” collisions.
Common reasons that bike riders are in an accident which is the fault of another party include:
- Motorists that “fail to see bicycles” and hit them. This often happens as the driver makes a left-hand turn immediately in front of the oncoming bicycle. Some people refer to this as a “left cross” accident.
- Motorists that cross into the opposing lane, and strike a bike rider in the opposing lane.
- Motorists that pass a bicyclist “too closely” and hit the bicyclist.
- Motorists that drive too quickly and strike bicyclists from behind.
- Motorists that strike a bicyclist during “distracted driving.” This distracted driving is often due to “texting” while driving or other type of mobile device usage.
- Drivers that fail to stop in accordance with traffic control devices, such as stop signs and stop lights, and thereby hit a bicyclist.
- Drivers that pull out of a driveway or parking lot into the path of a bicyclist, thereby hitting the bicyclist (i.e. failure to yield)
- Drivers that are driving while intoxicated on alcohol (DUI) and hit a bicyclist.
- Drivers that are driving while impaired on drugs (such as marijuana, heroin, or meth) or chemical fumes (e.g. “huffing”) and strike a bicyclist.
other types of collisions:
- Accidents that happen when a bicyclist collides with another bicyclist.
- When a pedestrian walks into the path of an oncoming bicyclist and a collision happens.
As an example of the car-bike collisions mentioned above, recently two bicyclists were struck from behind by a SUV in the Chicago suburb of Morris. The two bicyclists died from their accident injuries. This bicycle accident is summarized in the June 22, 2016 post titled “Fatal Bicycle Accident In Morris, Illinois.”
Another type of hazard to bicyclists is that of road hazards. These road hazards can take many forms. One of the most common types of road hazards are potholes and other types of structural problems on roadways. Potholes can present a significant potential risk to bicycle riders, as they can (depending on their size and other attributes) cause bicycle instability and a potential crash when a bicycle hits the hole or rut.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
The list of potential bicycling accident injuries is extensive, and largely depends upon the specific aspects of the accident. Many bicycle accident injuries are relatively minor. These minor injuries would include such things as scrapes and other small abrasions – including minor “road rash” – and minor bruises.
Accident injuries that are more significant include the following:
- broken collarbone
- broken arms
- broken legs
- broken ankles
- broken wrists
- neck injuries
- spinal cord injuries
- back injuries
- facial lacerations
- various types of internal bleeding
- chest trauma, including broken ribs
- head injuries, including concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Some of the injuries listed above can cause semi-permanent as well as permanent impairments.
As demonstrated by the DuPage County bicycle accidents mentioned above, some of these injuries can prove to be fatal.
Should You Be Hurt In A Bicycle Accident
Should you be injured in a DuPage County bicycle accident – or an accident elsewhere in Illinois– there are various recommended steps you should take in order to protect your health and legal rights – and otherwise maximize your potential for injury compensation.
A few of these steps include:
- Stop after the accident.
- Report the bicycle accident.
- 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. The medical reasons for getting such a medical exam are further discussed on the “Getting A Medical Exam After A DuPage County Accident” page.
- Speak with a personal injury attorney.
While many may find it inconvenient to speak with a personal injury lawyer soon after an accident, there are many reasons why such a prompt discussion can be very important. The personal injury lawyer will be able to give you advice as to what steps to take given your specific accident injury situation. The lawyer will also be able to tell you if filing a personal injury lawsuit is appropriate, and how much money 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, intentional actions) of another party.
Should you be injured in an accident, call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and the accompanying legal issues. This consultation is free, is confidential in nature, and is provided without further obligation.
Elman Joseph 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 Joseph 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.