Bicycle And Pedestrian Accident Attorneys In Illinois
While there are multiple types of situations where dangerous accidents and serious injuries may occur on roads or intersections, people in vehicles have safety systems that protect them, such as seat belts, airbags, and the strong structure of a vehicle. Unfortunately, those who are outside of vehicles do not have these protections, and a person who is struck by a car or truck is likely to be seriously injured. When pedestrians or bicyclists are involved in collisions, their injuries may require extensive medical treatments, or they may result in permanent disabilities or wrongful death.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident or pedestrian accident, it is important to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. The lawyers of Vito & Dollenmaier Law have the knowledge and resources to help you receive the compensation you deserve. We will work tirelessly to hold the negligent parties responsible for your injuries, and we will aggressively advocate on your behalf as we pursue compensation to help you move forward with your life.
Pedestrian Accidents Caused by Driver Negligence or Other Factors
In most cases, pedestrian accidents occur because of the negligence of a driver. This negligence may include violations such as speeding or proceeding through intersections without obeying traffic lights or stop signs, and drivers who commit these violations may be unable to avoid striking pedestrians who are legally crossing the road. Distracted driving is a factor in many pedestrian accidents, and drivers who talk on the phone or send text messages while behind the wheel may fail to notice pedestrians. Drunk driving can also increase the likelihood of pedestrian accidents, since intoxication by alcohol or drugs will significantly limit a person’s ability to see and respond to pedestrians and avoid collisions.
Unsafe Behaviors Leading to Bicycle Accidents
In addition to many of the safety issues that affect pedestrians, bicyclists may also be at risk of injury when sharing the road with other vehicles. When traveling in a lane of traffic, bicycles should be treated the same as other vehicles. Bicycle accidents may occur if drivers follow too closely behind bicycles or pass them without providing enough space.
“Dooring” is another common cause of bicycle accidents. This can occur when a person opens a car door into the path of a bicycle, causing the bicyclist to collide with the door. When a vehicle parks on the side of the road or next to a bike lane, drivers and passengers should check to see if any bicycles are approaching before opening their doors. If they fail to do so, a bicyclist may be thrown from their bicycle and suffer serious injuries, or they may even fall into oncoming traffic.
Contact Our Schaumburg Bike and Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If you have been involved in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, you may be facing significant medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. These accidents often result in multiple types of severe injuries, such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Extensive medical treatment may be required, and a victim may suffer long-lasting or permanent effects that limit their career opportunities and their enjoyment of life. At Vito & Dollenmaier Law, our attorneys can thoroughly investigate your accident to identify all possible sources of compensation. We will fight to make sure you will have the resources you need to make a full recovery. Set up a free consultation today by contacting our office at 224-539-8821.