Every day, numerous Illinois residents are seen out and about, riding their bikes -- particularly when the weather is nice. Some people use their bicycles as their primary form of transportation, while others use them for recreation. No matter the reason one chooses to ride a bike, doing so can be a dangerous affair. Auto versus bicycle accidents happen all too often, and the victims of such incidents may experience significant, if not fatal, injuries.
Spring is fast approaching, and that means more cyclists will soon be out on Illinois roads. Will you or any of your loved ones be among them? If you are an avid cyclist, you know just how dangerous the sport can be. Too many drivers fail to share the road as they should, and as a result, numerous cyclists end up hurt -- or worse. If you or a loved one are injured while riding a bike, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses.
Many people in Illinois depend on bicycles as their primary form of transportation, while others just enjoy the sport. Come rain or shine, it is common to see cyclists out and about daily. Unfortunately, motorists often fail to be on the lookout for them, causing numerous individuals to suffer injury or worse in auto versus bicycle accidents. Victims or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for any resulting losses.
The headline on a recent River Front Times article reads, "Polar Vortex Will Make St. Louis Weather Colder Than a Snowman's Balls Next Week." That's a pretty colorful way to talk about something so chilling. The St. Louis Times' take on the forecast was more muted: "Polar vortex to bring negative temperatures to St. Louis area."
You’ve probably heard of people selling fake designer watches and fake luxury purses on street corners, or on remote corners of the internet. However, there is a new type of counterfeit that could cause much worse damage than simply wasting your money. Counterfeit bicycle helmets have entered the online market, and they could cause serious injury to you or the cyclists in your life.
Nearly half of the states in the nation have passed laws requiring children to wear helmets whenever they ride a bicycle. In 2010, Illinois also considered passing the Child Bicycle Helmet Safety Act. However, this bill was never signed into law. Nonetheless, there is a common consensus that wearing a helmet increases safety by preventing serious head injury in the event of an accident.
Last week, we wrote a post about bicycling being named the official exercise of the state of Illinois. Obviously this makes it a critical priority to the state, and lawmakers should have a focus on promoting safety regulations that look after bicyclists.
Illinois took legislative measures at the beginning of 2018 to establish bicycling as a priority in the Prairie State. As of January 1, bicycling is the official state exercise of Illinois.
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.