Driving and Bicycle Lanes in Chicago

Chicago is a city that says it loves its bikes. Chicago has over 1,800 miles of bike lanes and paths. But with so many cyclists on the road riding alongside automobiles, it is important to keep in mind the rules of the road and to share the space safely.

The Chicago personal injury attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer have seen an increase in injuries to bikers.  Many of these injuries could have been prevented if drivers and bicyclists keep certain safety rules in mind.

Drivers should obey the speed limit, especially in areas with bike lanes.  Bicyclists are more vulnerable to injury in a collision and their injuries tend to be very serious.  Therefore, drivers must look for cyclists before turning or changing lanes.  Additionally, drivers should signal their intention to give cyclists time to react to the automobile movements. Chicago law requires drivers to leave at least three feet of space when passing a cyclist, to give the cyclists enough room to maneuver safely.  Drivers should not park in a bike lane as this is both illegal and dangerous for bicyclists.

The rules of the road apply to bicyclists as well.  This means that the bicyclists must obey traffic signals and signs, and must ride in the same direction as traffic.  Bicyclists should be predictable and signal their intentions and ride in a straight line.  Bicyclists also must be aware of their surroundings and watch for cars and other obstacles, especially when turning or changing lanes.  Wearing a helmet can vastly reduce serious head injuries, including traumatic brain injury.  It is important for bicyclists to be visible and wearing bright clothes and lights at night will decrease accidents.

If you are injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Contact our bicycle injury lawyer in Chicago to discuss your case.

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