It is not uncommon for accidents involving bicycles and automobiles to result in severe injuries or even fatalities. This is mainly due to cyclists having no protection other than a helmet — which often may not be worn. Knowing the potential risks, cyclists, and also drivers, have a responsibility to be observant of all the rules related to road safety. Both cyclists and the drivers of vehicles are obliged to obey Illinois traffic laws and take reasonable care for their own safety and also the safety of other road users. A bicycle accident commonly results in substantial claims for recovery of damages; however, liability usually depends on whether negligence was involved.
In a lawsuit filed after an accident between a bicycle and automobile, the court will mainly consider the level of negligence of each party. It will question whether the driver of the car was negligent or reckless, and also whether the cyclist rode his or her bicycle in a negligent manner. If negligence is found on the part of either party, the court will have to determine whether the recklessness or negligence contributed to the accident that brought about the injuries.