Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accidents

Bicycling can be a fun and healthy activity – anyone in Chicago can immediately see its popularity. Not only is bicycling a way to exercise or have fun, it is also a practical way to get around a busy city. But medical bills, property damage, injury and more can ruin biking when a cyclist gets into an accident, which happens more often than you may think. When the accident is not the biker’s fault, compensation to cover those costs may be available.

Most bicycle accidents occur because drivers simply do not notice that bike riders are on the roads. This lack of attention, among other things, causes bicycle accidents when:
– Drivers fail to yield the right of way
– Drivers don’t see cyclists approaching an intersection
– Drivers turn into the path of a cyclist
– Drivers fail to give cyclists enough room when passing

When a car strikes your bicycle injuries can be quite severe, including head or spinal trauma as well as fractured bones. Injuries of this sort can put a tremendous amount of strain on your family and yourself. Complex medical treatment is often necessary, and the costs can be daunting.

We understand that the damage an accident can cause is not just physical. After an accident, we will seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and disfigurement whenever necessary. If you or a loved one has been in an accident, KP Law will fight for the compensation you and your family deserve. Our experience protecting the rights of injured people combined with our knowledge in the field allows us to properly serve you during the legal procedures.

We will examine your accident report carefully to determine fault and gather any available evidence to properly document the events of your accident. Before you provide a statement to the driver’s insurance company, contact our law office. Insurance companies are quick to point the finger at cyclists, and they will not hesitate to pressure you into signing a release before you understand the full extent of your injuries.

Pedestrian Accidents

Even with safety precautions such as stop signs and street lights, accidents still happen when simply walking down the street. This is not something we like to think about, but it can happen to anyone. When a pedestrian is injured, it also affects his or her family because of the medical bills, healing process and time. At KP Law, we understand how the financial, medical, and physical burdens of an accident can affect your family.

There are many factors involved in pedestrian accidents, including:
– Speeding – the higher the speed, the higher likelihood of a severe pedestrian injury.
– Alcohol – taken either by the driver or the pedestrian.
– Low light conditions – more pedestrians are struck during the evening and other periods with lowered visibility.

Despite these and other factors involved in pedestrian accidents, many drivers will attempt to blame the accident on the pedestrian to avoid legal liability. This lack of responsibility can seem unfair to any pedestrian recovering from such serious injuries as:
-Severe head trauma
-Brain damage
-Leg injuries
-Spinal cord injury
-Neck and back injuries

Coping with your medical issues may be challenging enough without handling a difficult legal claim or dealing with uncooperative insurance adjusters. Our personal injury attorneys conduct thorough accident investigations to accurately determine blame. We understand that the smallest details may become the evidence needed to prove speed or driver inattention, even when the driver states otherwise. If the driver’s insurance company attempts to refute your claim, we will deal with them directly.

If a negligent motorist injured you, contact us today for a free no obligation consultation about your legal rights.