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Leading Causes of Pedestrian and Cyclist Accidents | Shea Law Group Chicago

Published on September 28th, 2011

Car accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists often result in very serious injury, usually on the part of the unprotected party. If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian or cyclist car accident, then you may be able to pursue legal action with the assistance of an experienced auto accident lawyer.

Cyclist Law

The state of Illinois has created clear guidelines that dictate how a bicycle must be operated: Bicyclists must follow almost all of the same traffic laws as cars. However, many accidents involving these common situations are ruled in favor of the cyclist:

  • The driver of a motor vehicle makes a turn directly into the path of the cyclist.
  • The driver of a motor vehicle pulls into the lane of an oncoming cyclist from a parking spot.
  • The driver of a motor vehicle does not correctly yield to the cyclist at a stop sign or red light.
  • The driver of a motor vehicle is intoxicated.

In any of these cases, a personal injury attorney can typically place the fault squarely on the driver. By seeking compensation with the help of an injury lawyer, the injured cyclist can receive assistance with medical bills and other costs of the accident.

Pedestrian Law

Accidents between cars and pedestrians have an even higher rate of catastrophic injury or death. These accidents often occur due to similar causes as cyclist accidents, such as:

  • The motor vehicle driver’s failure to see the pedestrian at a crosswalk.
  • The driver’s failure to see a pedestrian walking along the side of the road.

Although motorcycle and bicycle accidents are more common than pedestrian accidents, pedestrian accidents are usually much more serious.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, then contact the personal injury attorneys at Shea Law Group. Our experienced staff of injury lawyers may be able to help you receive legal compensation and assistance. For more information, call us today at (773) 365-0040 or visit us on the web.


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