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.