With gas prices bumping higher and higher each week, many Chicagoans turn to their bike for transportation, health, and fun. Chicago’s investment in protected bike paths, racks, and parking areas near public transport has given us a national reputation for being one of the best big cities for bicycling.
While this is an achievement to be proud of, the statistics show that Chicago still has work to do on the road to safe bicycling for all residents.
Chicago Bike Accident Statistics
In the 2018 report, the most recent data collection, a bicyclist was killed almost every third day in the greater Chicago region. 8,414 bike crashes accrued across the state and 6,098 in Cook County.
According to the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), people walking are 12 times more likely than people in vehicles to be killed or injured in a crash. For cyclists, that number is 5 times more likely. Furthermore, while 66% of our state’s population lives in the Chicago region, our bustling city is responsible for 85% of pedestrian and bicycle crashes.
Across the US, between 2000 to 2017, $237 billion was spent on medical costs due to bicycle injuries. The majority of these injuries are from people ages 45-64. As you can see, a bicycle accident can lead to significant bills for the victim.
Why File A Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Since insurance companies tend to give you the bare minimum compensation package, working with a highly skilled bicycle accident attorney could be your best chance at getting the complete compensation package you deserve. There are various time constraints that will affect your rights.