Chicago and Dallas/Ft. Worth Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Have you noticed how many bicycles are on the roadways these days? There has a been a shift in recent years, and now more people than ever are opting for a bicycle as their main mode of transportation. While pedaling your way from point A to point B is a fun and healthy alternative to driving, it can be quite dangerous when drivers do not adopt the ‘share the road’ attitude they should. Choosing to get around the city on bike (whether you are going to work or just out for a leisurely ride) is attractive for many reasons, but it is important to always follow safety procedures.
As we continue to see more and more bicycles on the road, the likelihood of collisions with cars, pedestrians, motorcycles, and other cyclists is higher than ever. Therefore, it is so important to take the time to educate yourself about proper bicycle safety laws and the most common causes of cycling accidents. At Toro Law, we strive to support our clients and provide them with the legal representation they deserve. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident in Texas or Illinois, give us a call right away and schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers speak fluent Spanish and English and are prepared to fight for your rights today.
How Common Are Bicycle Accidents?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicyclists account for 2.2 percent of all traffic deaths annually. The most bicycle fatalities occurred between 6 pm and 9 pm-- 20 percent, and in urban areas--71 percent. Illinois and Texas have highly populated urban areas where people opt to ride their bike instead of commuting by car.
Many bicycle accidents involve cars, whether a driver fails to look for a cyclist before making a turn or endangers the cyclist’s life in some other way. Some of the most common causes of bike-car accidents include:
- Failure of drivers to check their blind spot before changing lanes
- Making a right turn in front of oncoming cyclists
- Sideswiping bike riders traveling on the shoulder of the road
- Opening car doors in front of cyclists
- Driving recklessly due to the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Pulling out from driveways or side streets without looking first
A large majority of bicycle accidents could be avoided if drivers would simply share the road and be more aware of their surroundings. If you have been involved in an accident in Illinois or Texas as a cyclist, please contact Toro Law today. As a boutique law firm, we can give our undivided attention to every client, regardless of their background or situation. Whenever a bicycle accident takes place involving a high-speed vehicle, there is a high chance the cyclist will be thrown from his or her bike and suffer a devastating injury. It is our job to ensure you receive compensation for any injuries or damages. To learn more about how we can help you following a bicycle accident, contact experienced bicycle accident attorney Moises Briseño and Associates at Toro Law immediately to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.