Bicycle Accidents

Knowledgeable Bicycle Accident Attorney Serving Injury Victims Throughout the Chicago Area

A trusted law firm protects your rights and best interests

As an avid cyclist and experienced attorney Michael Friedman knows that bike riders have the right to use Chicago’s streets just like the drivers of automobiles, but many motorists fail to properly account for bicyclists, particularly when changing lanes or making turns. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be able to seek compensation by working with an assertive personal injury lawyer at Michael T. Friedman & Associates. We have served people throughout the Chicago area since 1992, and we have experience with a broad range of injury claims. To meet with an accessible attorney who delivers powerful representation and personal attention, call on us as soon as possible.

Protecting the rights of bike riders

Bicycle riders lack the protection of the drivers and passengers of motor vehicles, and thus tend to suffer more serious personal injuries when crashes occur. The following are some of the most common causes of bike accidents in Chicago:

  • Traffic violations: Speeding, failing to yield and running red lights all create dangerous scenarios, as motorists taking these illegal actions may not account for the possibility of bicyclists on roads and within intersections. Your claim may benefit if the driver at fault received a citation from a police officer after the accident.
  • Failure to check blind spots:Some drivers forget to watch out for bike riders, changing lanes and turning without properly checking first. A good proportion of other bicycle accidents occur when motorists accidentally move into bike lanes.
  • Defective bike parts:Just like other motorists, riders need to make sure their bikes are in good working condition, performing regular maintenance on chains, tires, pedals and other components. However, some parts are defective, and injured riders may be able to seek compensation from manufacturers.
  • Poor road conditions:Poorly maintained roads, bike lanes and sidewalks may cause riders to lose control and fall off their bikes. In these situations, it may be possible to seek monetary damages from the agency or property owner in charge of upkeep and maintenance.

A bicycle accident may result in a wide range of injuries, including those to the brain, spine, back and limbs, along with road rash and broken bones. Immediately after a crash, contact a member of our team to review your legal options.

Consult a dedicated Chicago bike accident lawyer

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, turn to an accessible and responsive lawyer at Michael T. Friedman & Associates in Chicago. Our office is located in The Loop, with convenient parking and ample access to public transportation. We also take on cases on a contingency basis, so you pay no attorney’s fees unless your claim is successful. Set up your free initial consultation today by calling 312-339-8816 or contacting us online.