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Orland Park Bicycle Accident Attorneys

My firm, Michael J. Brennan Accident & Injury Lawyer, represents injury victims in Orland Park and the surrounding area, including those that have been hurt in a bicycle accident. We understand the impact these accidents can have on your life and care about getting you back to normal. Take the first step in the recovery process by contacting us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Do You Have to Work With Our Legal Team?

While my firm understands the impact a bicycle accident can have, we also know that every accident is different. Bicycle accidents are no exception. Sometimes, you may walk away with just minor injuries or damage to your bike. In those cases, you probably don’t need to take legal action.

However, if you spend any amount of time on a bike you know how serious these accidents tend to be. If your injuries are more severe, or there’s a number of different parties involved, we can make the process much, much easier on you.

Here’s how we approach these cases:

  • Our first step in our initial consultation with you is to look at the facts of your case and evaluate its relative strengths and weaknesses. We’ll also take any evidence you have and build a preliminary timeline, then explain how the process usually plays out.
  • Next, if you decide to move forward, we’ll start gathering your medical records and other vital evidence for your claim. With this evidence, we’ll put together a strong case for you.
  • To make your case stronger, we can talk to witnesses who saw what happened. Sometimes, we also consult with experts like accident specialists or doctors for their knowledge and opinions, especially in more complex accidents.
  • Dealing with the things that happen after a bicycle accident can be a lot. We can assist with tasks like paperwork, talking to the insurance company, and other administrative needs. This way, you can concentrate on getting better.
  • It’s not easy to negotiate with the insurance company of the person who caused the accident. We’ll talk and negotiate with them on your behalf. This ensures that your rights are protected, and you get a fair amount of money for what happened.
  • Sometimes, talking with the insurance company leads to a fair agreement. But if it doesn’t, we’ll be ready to go to court and fight for you. This means presenting your case to a judge and jury to make sure you get the financial support you deserve.

In short, the legal process after a bicycle accident is complicated. Having my team with you can make it easier and increase your chances of getting the right financial help for your injuries and losses.

Liability in Bike Accidents

After you decide to move forward with your legal options, the first question you’ll likely have to answer regards who is liable for causing the accident. This is an extremely important marker in your case, because:

  • The liable person or party is responsible for covering your injuries and damages.

In order to figure out liability, you need to establish negligence. In a typical bike accident, this involves showing that someone:

  • Breached their duty of care to keep you and others safe, causing the accident and your injuries.

Various parties could be considered liable in a bicycle accident, depending on the circumstances. Usually, they include:

  • Negligent drivers – Drivers who don’t exercise reasonable care and cause an accident with a bicyclist may be held responsible for damages and injuries.
  • Government agencies – If the accident results from unsafe road conditions, poor maintenance, or inadequate signage on public roads, the government entity in charge of road maintenance might be held liable.
  • Makers or sellers of the bike itself – If the accident is caused by a defect or malfunction of the bicycle, the manufacturer or seller may be accountable under product liability laws.
  • Pedestrians or other bicyclists – Depending on the specific circumstances, other parties like pedestrians or even other bicyclists may share responsibility for the accident.

Protecting Your Rights and Health After a Bike Accident

Looking at your legal options after a bike accident is extremely important, but only if you take certain steps right after the accident happens. This is a difficult part of any bike accident, because the stress and damage of most of these accidents overwhelm you. More to the point, it’s very tough to think straight. That said, there are certain things you’ll have to do to protect your health and claim:

  • Get medical care – This is key. As soon as you’re able, make sure to go to an emergency room or urgent care to get medical care. This will address any immediate injuries, lay out a treatment plan, and create an official record of your injuries from the accident.
  • Gather contact and insurance information – Get the contact and insurance details from everyone involved in the accident. This info is crucial for making claims or asking for financial support and benefits.
  • Start collecting evidence – Take pictures or videos of the accident scene, including any damage to your bicycle. Having visual proof can help show what happened during the accident.
  • Don’t admit any fault – It’s important to keep from saying you caused the accident. Figuring out who is responsible is a complicated task, and our team of professionals is skilled in handling it.
  • Avoid apologizing – Steer clear of saying sorry, as it could be seen as admitting guilt and might impact your case.

Remember, each case is different, and the right actions depend on your situation. Our team will stand by you, offering support and safeguarding your rights and choices throughout the entire process.

Bicycle Accident Claims and Damages

In the aftermath of your bicycle accident, recovering what you’re owed involves filing an injury claim, typically through either:

  • An insurance claim
  • A personal injury lawsuit

Both options aim to help you recover what’s legally termed “damages,” which are broadly categorized into two main types: economic and non-economic. These cover different aspects of the losses you may have faced due to the accident. Here’s what you can potentially recover in a successful claim:

  • Medical expenses and costs – A huge part of your damages will relate to your medical expenses and treatment costs. This includes surgeries, ambulance services, emergency services, consultations, treatment with specialists, and can even include ongoing care if your injuries are permanent.
  • Lost income – If your injuries require you to miss time at work or keep you from working and earning income as you once did, these damages will attempt to cover these losses.
  • Property damage – This category covers the damage to your bike, gear, clothing, and other personal property caused by the accident.
  • Pain and suffering – These damages cover the physical pain and mental suffering you went through because of the accident.
  • Emotional distress – Similarly, these damages cover the emotional and psychological impact the accident has had on you, like anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Loss of quality of life – Most bike accidents are going to cause changes in your personal life, whether it be things you used to be able to do and now can’t, or changes to your personal relationships. These damages attempt to cover these changes.
  • Punitive damages – In certain cases where the responsible person was recklessly or intentionally negligent, you can get additional punitive damages. These are monetary, and are designed to punish the liable party.

Like any accident or injury claim, what you’re ultimately able to walk away with is going to depend on the circumstances of your case, the extent of your damage and injuries, and how well and effectively you present your case. Obviously, working with our team is your best chance at making sure you’re able to get what you’re owed from whoever is responsible for your bike accident.

Orland Park Bicycle Accident FAQs

How long do you have to file a bike accident claim in Orland Park?

The statute of limitations in an injury claim in Illinois is two years from the date of the accident. So, you have two years to file your claim. Missing this deadline means won’t be able to recover your losses.

What are some common causes of bike accidents?

As you might expect, things like distracted driving, driving under the influence, and speeding frequently lead to bike accidents in Orland Park. But even things like potholes in the road or other bicyclists not paying attention can also cause these accidents.

Why are some bike accidents more serious than others?

This is largely due to the circumstances, but generally, if you do things like not wearing a helmet or safety gear, or are weaving in and out of traffic on your bike can make your accident more serious in terms of your injuries.

Rely on MJB Law After an Orland Park Bike Accident

Bicycle accidents are never a pleasant experience, regardless of the circumstances. While riding your bike in Orland Park should be enjoyable, it’s vital to understand the risks, many of which are beyond your control.

If you’ve suffered injuries in a bike accident, don’t hesitate to contact my dedicated team at MJB Law. We’re here to help you by managing the responsibilities of your claim and providing legal support you can rely on. To set up a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us today.

Additional Resources:

Illinois Bicycle Accident Statistics

Orland Park Cyclists Rights

Michael J. Brennan Accident & Injury Lawyer – Orland Park Office

16521 S 106th Ct
Orland Park, IL 60467
P: (708) 809-2211

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