Bicycle Accident or Collision
Keating Law Offices, P.C. is a Chicago-based law firm made up of lawyers that represent victims of bicycle accidents throughout Illinois. The firm’s lawyers are national leaders in the field of bicycle law. Attorney Michael S. Keating currently serves as the Chair of the Bicycle Litigation Committee for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. The law firm handles more bicycle accident cases in courts in Illinois stemming from bicycle accidents than any other firm in Illinois. Included in the firm’s history of success are many high profile cases that have been profiled in the media including on FOX News, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. The firm publishes the Illinois Bicycle Lawyers legal blog which provides information on legal aspects surrounding bicycling. In 2016 Michael Keating was instrumental in the passing of “Dennis’s Law.” This new Illinois bicycle law specifically clarified that Illinois bicyclists were entitled to all of the rights as the drivers of motor vehicles and that bicycles themselves were vehicles entitled to the roadways in Illinois.
Bicycles have become an increasingly common form of transportation and important part of our everyday lives. Bicycles are a primary mode of transportation for many commuters going to work and one of the most popular recreation activities for families. The attorneys of Keating Law Offices have a strong commitment to protecting the rights of bicyclists and making our roads accessible to everyone. Unfortunately, no matter how diligent bicyclists are about safety, some bicyclists will still become the victims of a crash caused by another user of the road.
Under Illinois law, bicyclists have the same right to use our roads as motor vehicles. Illinois law specifically requires motor vehicle drivers are required to use due care to avoid hitting bicyclists. However, all too frequently, bicycle accidents occur and bicyclists are injured because of dangerously careless or inattentive drivers. Many bicyclists have stories of “near misses” with a car or of an encounter with an angry driver. Even in communities with bike lanes and routes meant to provide greater protection and visibility to bicyclists there are incidents of drivers “dooring” bicyclists by opening their car doors into a bicyclist’s path or “buzzing” bicyclists by passing too closely.
Many bicyclists who are hit by motor vehicles while riding suffer injuries with severe and long-term consequences. Tragically, far too many bicyclists who are struck by motor vehicles will die from their injuries. Nationally, 6,956 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles between 2001 and 2010. In Illinois alone, 24 bicyclists were killed in collisions with motor vehicles in 2010 alone. Since 2010, Illinois has experienced 80 bicycling fatalities. Nationally, there has been a 16% increase in the number of bicyclists killed in crashes with motor vehicles between 2010 and 2012. The total number nationwide went from 621 to over a hundred more in 2012 with 722 fatal bicycle accidents.
Bicycling is at a critical stage that faces strong opposition from people and organizations that believe that our streets are for motor vehicles only. Keating Law Offices has a proud tradition of advocating for the rights of all bicyclists. We are active in advocating for positive changes for bicyclists at the city and state-wide levels. In addition, we proudly sponsor the Intelligentsia Cup and the Chicago Cyclocross Cup.
As Chicago’s Leading Bicycle Accident Injury Attorneys we have the experience and knowledge to get you the justice you deserve. Since the launch of the Illinois Bicycle Lawyers website in 2008 we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients and their families. Along the way we have forced negligent motorists to be held accountable and prevented insurance companies from taking advantage of injured bicyclists.
You can trust the dedicated bicycle accident attorneys at Keating Law Offices to help you if you, or a loved one, have been injured while riding your bicycle. If you, or a bicyclist you know, have been injured by a reckless or careless driver please contact us today. We are here to help.
Common Bike vs. Car Injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Concussions or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Paralysis or nerve damage
- Dislocated or fractured collarbone
- Broken or dislocated hand/wrist/arm
- Lacerations and bruises