A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association and funded by State Farm insurance reveals an alarming trend. The 2015 fatality rate among bicyclists rose by 12.2 percent over the previous year, and the rate outpaced the overall traffic fatality rate that year. Moreover, the average age of those killed in traffic collisions that year was 45.
Many people assume that when you strike a bicyclist with your vehicle, much like when you hit a pedestrian, the fault is entirely on you. Pedestrians and bicyclists tend to have more protections during most traffic interactions, and drivers must exercise more care when navigating around them.
As the weather slowly but surely improves in Illinois, it is common to see children out on their bicycles. Sadly, there have been numerous children who have been hit by automobiles while enjoying this activity. In some cases injuries resulted, in others lives have been lost. When a child is injured or killed in an auto-bicycle accident, damages may be sought through legal means?
Some Illinois residents enjoy watching the Chicago Cubs on television at their favorite local bar, restaurant or with friends. Game viewing is often accompanied by consuming alcohol. Some people unfortunately make poor decisions after consuming alcohol that could harm themselves and/or others. Not long ago, a Cubs fan caused a bicycle accident after he made the poor choice to drive drunk.
People choose to ride bicycles for a number of reasons. Many ride them for exercise, recreation enjoyment, convenience or lack of another vehicle for transportation. Whatever the reason people ride, they face many dangers sharing the roads with larger vehicles. The drivers of larger cars and trucks frequently fail to see and properly yield to bicycles, at times resulting in a bicycle accident. Many car and truck drivers may not realize that the state of Illinois recognizes bicycles as a vehicle, giving cyclists the same rights on roads.
The boyfriend of a 23-year-old woman who lost her life in a recent Illinois accident is questioning the fact that the driver who allegedly caused her death was only issued a ticket for a traffic violation. The woman was struck by a flatbed truck while she was riding her bicycle in Chicago. The fatal bicycle accident reportedly occurred on a recent Monday morning.
A small community in the Illinois city of Morris is mourning the death of a teacher and her husband who died in a tragic accident on a recent Tuesday evening. The couple was apparently training for a fundraising ride when they were both killed in the bicycle accident. Officers said their bicycles were hit from the rear by an SUV.
Most motor vehicle operators in Illinois keep a lookout for bicyclists and pedestrians. Nevertheless, incidents continue to occur in which bicyclists are knocked down by motorists -- often with devastating consequences. It is also not all that uncommon for a driver who caused a bicycle accident to flee the scene without stopping.
Bicyclists and pedestrians are always vulnerable when using Illinois roadways. In many cases, these road users are severely injured or even killed by motorists who fail to keep a proper lookout. A fatal bicycle accident recently occurred in Cook County in the North Lawndale neighborhood.
On an afternoon in November last year, a 33-year-old Illinois man was cycling on the shoulder of a Carbondale roadway when he was knocked down by a vehicle. Witnesses reported seeing the driver swerving across the traffic lanes before the vehicle struck the cyclist. Police were alerted about the bicycle accident, and officers arrived to find the man unconscious on the ground.