Collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles often result in serious personal injuries or even death. When injuries result from a bicycle accident, they are often serious and can forever change the victim’s life. These injuries can include nerve damage, injuries to the head, and broken bones. Such serious injuries pose significant and permanent consequences for victims, such as disabilities and loss of the ability to work.
According to CBS Chicago, an Aurora man has been charged in a crash that killed a Naperville woman. He is currently accused of having been under the influence of narcotics when his pickup truck struck and killed a woman on her bicycle. The victim died as a result of her injuries from the accident.
Bicycling is becoming more popular in the United States, so it is imperative that drivers take caution for cyclists on the roads. According to an article by the New York Times, bicycling has become more popular in the United States, and as of last year, 39.3 million Americans reported that they ride bikes. Biking is becoming increasingly popular, and last year, 13 million adult bikes were sold. However, just in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there were 800 bicycle fatalities, which was one-fortieth of all road fatalities.
It is unfortunate that the physical and emotional benefits of bicycling are threatened by the preventable actions of negligent drivers. Although bicycling continues to gain popularity, many are hesitant to take to roads on their bikes because they understand the dangers and repercussions of bicycle accidents with vehicles. Drivers have a responsibility to not only keep other cars on the road safe, but also bicyclists and pedestrians. Where a driver has been negligent and caused injuries or death to another, that driver could be held liable for negligence or wrongful death. If you have suffered personal injuries, or a loved one has been wrongfully killed, due to the negligence and recklessness of a driver, our firm may be able to help you. We have over 20 years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, and have brought justice to people who have been harmed by the careless actions of others. Contact our firm for a free consultation, and we can determine if we can help you hold a wrongdoer legally responsible for your injuries.