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Fatal accidents involving cyclists ranks Illinois No. 5 in the nation

Written by Ankin Law Office

A common sight for auto accident attorneys

The News-Gazette reports that a man was recently killed while riding his bike to work early one morning. The cyclist, a 53 year old Arthur man, was riding southbound on a road around 2 miles south of Arthur when he was struck by a car. The motorist was heading north and attempting to pass another northbound cyclist when he drifted left of center and failed to see the cyclist that he hit. The motorist was cited for improper overtaking and an investigation by the Illinois State Police is pending. This is the type of accident that Illinois auto accident attorneys see on a regular basis.

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A deadly place for cyclists

A new report issued by the Governors Highway Association in its annual Spotlight on Highway Safety: Bicyclist Safety ranked the five states which had the highest rates of bicyclist fatalities. The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois ranked number five on the list, making it one of the most dangerous places in the nation in which cyclists can ride. The report also shed light on the rise of fatal accidents in the cycling community. From 2010 to 2012, the number of annual bicyclist deaths has increased 16 percent. Additionally, the six states that had the greatest fatality rates also accounted for 54 percent of all cyclist deaths nationwide. These states are California, Florida, Texas, New York, Illinois and Michigan.

Cyclist deaths are also increasing at higher rates than any other motor-vehicle-related fatalities. From 2010 to 2012, overall car crash deaths increased by just one percent. However, in 2012, bicyclist fatalities made up 2.2 percent of all motor vehicle-related fatalities.

National Complete Streets Coalition

Some community leaders, such as the campaign director for the Active Transportation Alliance, believe that Illinois streets and bike paths contribute to the problem of rising fatalities and accidents. Urban centers are some of the most unfriendly areas for cyclists, and these places account for 69 percent of all bicyclist deaths each year. Smart Growth America has created the Dangerous By Design report in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of most U.S. streets for pedestrians and cyclists. The report found that Illinois had 1,488 pedestrian deaths from 2003 to 2012, and many of those deaths could be attributed to roads built primarily for motorist access while ignoring the needs of the cycling and walking populations.

Those who have been injured or who have had a loved one die as the result of a bicycle accident caused by a negligent motorist should contact an Illinois personal injury attorney. With their help, accident victims are more likely to receive the compensation that they need in order to heal and get back to riding the streets of Illinois.

Categories: Auto Accidents