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Important Information for Bicyclists, Motorists, and Those Who Love Them

Collisions between bikes and cars can inflict horrible injuries on the bicyclistExercise, fuel conservation, and enjoyment are just some of the reasons why people ride their bikes in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. Regardless of why they are riding, however, every rider has the right to be on the road and to be safe.

The Truth About Bicycle Accidents in Your State

The latest statistics indicate that in:

  • Wisconsin: 925 bicycle crashes resulted in four deaths and 844 bicyclist injuries during 2014.
  • Iowa: Three bicyclists died in 2013 accidents.
  • Illinois: The number of bicyclist deaths rose 16 percent from 2010 to 2012 with 29 reported deaths in 2012. In 2013, 30 fatal bicycle accidents were reported and 3,353 injury crashes involving a bike were reported. A 2014 report from the Governors Highway Safety Association found that Illinois was fifth in the nation for bicyclist fatalities.

It is important to remember that for each fatality reported a life was ended too soon.

Common Causes of Bike Accidents

As with all other types of traffic accidents, there are many potential causes for serious bicycle crashes. Some of the more common causes of bicycle accidents include:

  • Distracted driving.
  • Drunk driving.
  • Drowsy driving.
  • Failure to check blind spots.
  • Following a bike too closely.
  • Failing to check for bikes and recognizing the risk or driving near a rider.

Drivers have a responsibility to riders and will be held accountable if they cause an injury or death in a bike crash.

Possible Injuries From Bike Wrecks

There are many potential injuries that can occur after a bike crash, including:

  • Broken bones.
  • Internal injuries.
  • Traumatic brain injuries.
  • Spinal cord injuries.
  • Death.

If you’ve been hurt and a driver is at fault for causing your accident, then you may be able to recover damages for your injuries, but you shouldn’t count on the insurance company to write you a check of a fair settlement unless you demand it through settlement negotiations.

How to Protect Your Recovery and Prevent Future Bike Crashes

riders who are hurt—or the survivors of those who are killed—deserve to make a fair recovery for the harm that has been done by a driver’s negligence. You can get started protecting your own recovery of medical expenses, lost income, funeral costs, out-of-pocket costs, and other damages by finding out exactly what caused the crash, by getting the medical attention you need, and by contacting an experienced bike accident lawyer.

If you, your child, or someone you love rides a bike, then we encourage you to read our FREE brochure, “Your Guide to Bicycle Safety,” and to share this article on Facebook or Twitter so that others can learn more about the dangers of, and recoveries from, bike crashes.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham