Bicycle Accident Lawyer, Naperville, IL
If you’ve been harmed in a bicycle accident chances are you have pain and multiple injuries. Trust our legal team to understand the complexity of cases like this to get you the justice you deserve. Some cities have taken measures in recent years to try to prevent bike accidents. Chicago recently added some high-traffic trails to reduce risk to bicyclists and there are now vending stations to rent bikes throughout Chicago.Unfortunately, many suburban areas have not made bike safety a priority. Some of these areas have been designed to favor pedestrians and cars.
One reason few suburbs have bike and pedestrian-friendly policies in place is that the number of people biking to work may be falling; bike crashes remain stubbornly high;and large gaps remain in the regional trail network. Sadly, an average of ten bicyclists are killed annually in the suburbs, and 1,171 are injured, according to Illinois Department of Transportation statistics.
Many suburbs have roads designed to link to busy highways, which must be crossed on high-speed arterial bridges. Bill Chalberg, 74, president of the Downers Grove BicycleClub, said that to get to the Illinois Prairie Path he has to navigate around Interstate 88 by taking Highland Avenue or Midwest Road — both busy streets in Downers Grove. He said he is a confident cyclist and does not mind doing it, but others are too nervous.
“I think there’s an opportunity to improve things by adding bike lanes,” said Chalberg.”It’s a leap of faith. If you put them in, slowly I think people will use them.”Some suburbs are realizing that they need to incorporate more bike and pedestrian-friendly amenities like bike lanes to stay competitive with Chicago, which has gained some corporate employers at the expense of the suburbs.
There are several considerations to keep in mind to determine what action to take on your bicycle personal injury case. Trust our experts to be sensitive to your needs at such a difficult time and offer our expertise to explain your best action plan.