Bicycle Accident Attorney in Chicago

Attorney Phil Berenz is a bicycle accident attorney in Chicago who has been handling bicycle accident related matters for over 16 years.

The City of Chicago has a reputation of one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the United States.

Chicago may be friendly for bikers in comparison to those who live in other cities, but that also means more cyclists on the road. What that also means is that there are more accidents involving bicycles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 600 people are killed in bicycle accidents every year in the Unites States, and more than 60,000 are seriously injured.

If you or someone you love were the victim of a bicycle accident in Chicago, do not wait to speak with Chicago bicycle accident attorney Phil Berenz as soon as possible.

Common Causes of Bike Accidents in Chicago

Some of the common causes of bike accidents in Chicago are:

  • A driver failing to look both ways before pulling out of a parking lot, side street, or driveway
  • A driver failing to look before opening their car door when they are parked on a street
  • A driver failing to yield to a cyclist in a crosswalk
  • A driver attempting to make a right turn while a cyclist is sharing the lane
  • A driver rear-ending a cyclist

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The first step is to seek experienced legal representation. Attorney Berenz can advise you of your rights in the event of an unwarranted injury and can investigate the validity of your case.

If injured, it is vital that Chicago cyclists know their legal rights and seek medical attention immediately. Fortunately for injured bicyclists, the City of Chicago and State of Illinois have passed favorable laws that hold negligent drivers accountable for bicycle accidents. The City of Chicago through the Chicago Municipal Code addresses the following bicycle laws:

-MCC 9-16-020(f)

Improper Right Turn in Front of a Bicycle

-MCC 9-16-020(e)

Improper Left Turn in Front of a Bicycle

-MCC 9-36-101(c)

Overtaking Bicycle Rider at Unsafe Distance (Less than 3 feet)

-MCC 9-80-035

Opening and closing vehicle doors in traffic

-MCC 9-40-060 states that:

Standing or parking in a bike lane is forbidden

Protecting the Rights of Accident Victims in Chicago

If your life has been altered in a serious bicycle accident, and if your accident could have been avoided had the driver exercised reasonable care for your safety, you could have grounds for a personal injury case. Our Chicago law firm is focused exclusively on personal injury cases, including those involving bike accidents.

Bicycle Accident Attorney in Chicago

Call 312-888-6058 to discuss your case with Chicago bicycle accident attorney Phil Berenz.

The call and initial consultation are always free.