CHICAGO (Salvi Law) – In the Chicago area, biking has become a popular mode of transportation. Adults and children alike bike not only for fun, but as a basic means of getting from point A to point B. In fact, the number of Americans who bike to work has jumped by about 60 percent since 2000, according to a report from CNN Money.
Unfortunately, as the number of bikes sharing the roads with cars, trucks and other motor vehicles rises, so does the number of accidents.
Statistics from IDOT show accidents have steadily increased in the state of Illinois in recent years, with higher numbers in Chicago and Cook County.
READ MORE | Bike accident stats in Illinois
Sadly, those statistics are proving to be true in recent weeks. Over the past week alone, two Chicago cyclists were killed in crashes.
The most recent crash occurred in West Garfield Park Wednesday night. According to several news reports, the 58-year-old cyclist was riding south on Pulaski Avenue when a white van turning on West Maypole Avenue struck him. The cyclist was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Tuesday morning, a 20-year-old woman was fatally struck by a semi truck while riding in a bike lane along Milwaukee Avenue in Noble Square. The driver the semi was cited for driving in a bike lane and failure “to take due care of a bicyclist in the roadway.”
In July, a 25-year-old woman was struck and killed while riding a Divvy bike in the Avondale neighborhood. The deadly crash marks the first known fatality of a bike-sharing rider nationwide. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard attorney Jeffrey J. Kroll filed a lawsuit against the truck driver and his company on behalf of the victim’s family.
Under Illinois law, bicyclists are allowed the same rights as motor vehicle drivers. In fact, a new state law was recently passed that clarifies bikes are considered vehicles on the road and should be treated as equals.
House Bill 5912, which will take effect as a law on January 1, 2017, strengthens the rights of cyclists in Illinois.
READ MORE | Details for House Bill 5912
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard is committed to promoting bicycle safety and protecting the rights of victims and their families who have been hurt by others’ negligence. To discuss your case, contact us today through our toll-free number or by reaching us online. We can promptly provide a free, no-obligation consultation.