If you were injured in a cycling accident and need help covering the costs of your injuries, speak with a Chicago bicycle crash lawyer who can get you the compensation you’re entitled to from the person responsible.
Being hit while on your bike is certainly a traumatic experience. Thousands of pounds of steel striking your body can have devastating physical and emotional consequences that you shouldn’t have to deal with alone.
A Chicago bicycle accident lawyer can investigate the specifics of your accident to determine who is at fault and examine the complete impact your injuries will have on your life to ensure you are fully compensated for your losses. Focus on your recovery while we handle the details of your personal injury claim.
Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries
No one is prepared to be hit by an enormous vehicle while on a bicycle. Without the surrounding protection a car provides, your body is exposed to the full impact of the collision, which can result in catastrophic injuries.
Some of the most frequently treated bike crash injuries include broken bones, lacerations, lost limbs, craniocerebral trauma, spinal cord injuries, organ damage, post-traumatic stress disorder, and puncture wounds from bicycle parts.
These types of injuries can require years of treatment before you’re able to live your life normally again. Even then, your life may still be forever changed by such a distressing and traumatizing injury.
Liability in Chicago Bike Crashes
Most frequently, the driver of the vehicle that hit you will be at least partially liable for your injuries. Unfortunately, poor judgment by drivers is a relatively common cause of bicycle accidents in Chicago.
Driving while fatigued or under the influence of alcohol or drugs; making aggressive driving decisions like running a red light, making an illegal turn, or speeding; and driving while distracted by a cell phone, radio station, or navigation system are all serious driver errors that can have a tremendous impact on your life.
Sometimes, though, driver error is not to blame for your accident. If the driver has exercised good judgment and the vehicle malfunctioned in some way, we may be able name the manufacturer of the vehicle in your claim.
If a manufacturer has not fulfilled its duty to check its products for safety and you are injured as a result of this negligence, we will stop at nothing to ensure you are fully compensated.
It is important that you are aware of contributory negligence laws in Illinois when filing your personal injury claim. If you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault for your Chicago bicycle accident—say you were not following traffic laws and were injured as a result—then you may not be able to recover compensation.
If you hold blame, but it is less than 51 percent, you will be able to file a claim and your awarded amount will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For instance, if you were 10 percent to blame for your bike crash injuries, you could only take home 90 percent of your compensation award.
Collecting Compensation for Your Damages
When someone else is to blame for your injuries, you shouldn’t be stuck with the costs. Your Chicago bicycle wreck lawyer will use the diagnosis from your physician and your medical records to calculate a reasonable figure to request in your personal injury claim. Some ways your injuries may have had an effect on your life include the following:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of income
- Lost earning potential
- Hospital bills
- Medical equipment
- Costs of prescriptions
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Damage to your bike
After we’ve considered every possible way your life has been impacted by your Chicago bicycle accident, we will use this calculation to begin to negotiate with the appropriate insurance company or negligent party. It should not surprise you if the insurer attempts to settle for an amount that’s less than you deserve.
Your attorney will not accept a lowball offer. We are fully prepared to bring your claim to court if the insurer or negligent party fail to meet your demands for complete compensation.
Call a Chicago Bicycle Accident Attorney
When you’ve been seriously injured in a bicycle accident someone else caused, the last thing you should have to be concerned with is how you’ll pay for treatment or continue to support your lifestyle.
A Chicago bicycle accident lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC can build you a compelling case so you’re taken care of and the people responsible for your injuries are held accountable. Schedule your free initial consultation today by filling out the form at the bottom of this page or calling 312-332-1400.