Bicycle Accident Lawyer

bike accident blogACME Law Offices has built a reputation in Chicago as the place injured bike riders turn to when they seek justice. Our experienced Chicago bicycle accident attorneys have represented hundreds of injured clients, obtaining large settlements and verdicts for injured cyclists in Chicago. At ACME Law Offices we know bike laws and we advocate for bike rights.

Through our Chicago Bicycle Injury Blog and our volunteer work with bicycle advocacy organizations like the Active Transportation Alliance, we have shared tips for safe riding, avoiding injuries and summarized important changes in the law. As cycling in Chicago continues to grow and more bike accidents happen in Chicago, it is important to know the law, know your rights, and know what to do when injured in a bike accident.

Like in many personal injury cases, bike injuries vary from typical bumps, bruises, cuts, and scrapes, to more serious fractures and spinal disk injuries, to catastrophic accident resulting in death or paralysis.  Some of the most common bike injuries result from the cyclist being injured by an opened door, commonly referred to as a 'dooring' injury, or being run over and/or off the road by a car or truck.

If injured, it is vital that Chicago cyclists know their legal rights and seek medical attention immediately. Fortunately for injured bicyclists, the City of Chicago and State of Illinois have passed favorable laws that hold negligent drivers accountable for bicycle accidents. The City of Chicago through the Chicago Municipal Code addresses the following bicycle laws:

MCC 9-16-020(f)
Improper Right Turn in Front of a Bicycle

MCC 9-16-020(e)
Improper Left Turn in Front of a Bicycle

MCC 9-36-101(c)
Overtaking Bicycle Rider at Unsafe Distance (Less than 3 feet)

MCC 9-80-035
Opening and closing vehicle doors in traffic

MCC 9-40-060 states that:
Standing or parking in a bike lane is forbidden

If injured in a bike accident in Chicago or Illinois, our office recommends that the victim remain calm, asses the injuries and damage and take the following steps:
  1. Call 911
  2. Collect all witness information
  3. Tell the police officer your side of the story (if possible)
  4. Make sure the witness is listed in police report
  5. Make sure to get a copy of the police report
  6. Take pictures of your bike, the car & the scene
  7. Don't refuse medical attention if needed
  8. Leave the bike behind if need be
The next step is to contact an experienced, aggressive and compassionate Chicago bicycle injury attorney such as ACME Law Offices at 555-555-1212.

We encourage you to check back for updates on our blog and contact us for a free consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, if you have been involved in a bicycle accident.

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The service at ACME Law Offices is phenomenal...John never stopped fighting the two and a half years he worked on my case. He made sure I got treatment so I could get healthy and relieve the pain and financial burden that comes when you are injured. John is caring, dedicated, compassionate, hardworking, and he never gives up...John fought hard and won my case and now I get to be another one of his highly satisfied clients.

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