Chicago is a biking and walking town. Not only do Chicago’s streets see a significant amount of motor vehicle traffic, but bicyclists and pedestrians as well. Given the significant number of bicyclists that share Chicago’s roadways with vehicles, the city is considering removing a lane of traffic in each direction along Milwaukee Avenue in Jefferson Park and Gladstone Park to accommodate a bike lane.
According to this article, approximately 20,000 drivers use this stretch of road every day, and there have been 970 crashes, including one fatal incident and 17 accidents with serious injuries along this stretch of road.
Although some people oppose the measure, saying that it will eliminate parking along the street, proponents of the measure say that it would improve traffic flow and reduce accidents. In fact, a petition launched by longtime Chicago bike activist and member of the Active Transportation Alliance Robert Kastigar asserts that removing one lane for vehicular traffic in each direction will make the road safer for pedestrians, children, senior citizens, the disabled and bicyclists and not hinder traffic. Specifically, the petition states that “[a]verage motor vehicle speeds estimated would from 38 mph to 32 mph, the number of speeders would be reduced and the number of vehicles going over 40 mph would drop significantly.”
What to Do If You Are Injured in a Bicycle Accident
If you are in a bicycle accident, you should:
- Seek medical attention even if you don’t think that you are injured. Many injuries, such as concussions and neck injuries, don’t manifest themselves until several hours or days after the accident.
- Notify the police and wait for them to arrive.
- Avoid making comments about fault or negotiating with the motorist involved in the accident.
- Provide a statement of the bicycle accident circumstances so that it can be documented in the police report. Make sure to tell the police of all injuries.
- Obtain driver and witness contact information.
- Make sure to maintain documents of the accident, including medical bills, medical records, and photos.
- Seek the advice of a skilled bicycle accident attorney.
Contact a Bicycle Accident Lawyer
The Chicago accident and injury law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC are dedicated to keeping the roadways safe for bicyclists and to helping injured parties obtain maximum money damages. We focus on representing the victims of bicycle accidents and other motor vehicle accidents, and we don’t collect any fees unless you recover money damages for your bicycle accident injuries.
Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago bicycle accident lawyers.