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National Bike Month: Illinois Bike Laws

May is National Bike Month! This month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and is celebrated all over the United States. Biking has many benefits such as being a great way to get exercise, a way to eliminate your carbon copy, and a way to allow you to save money on your daily commute. With that said, bicyclists are subjected to many dangers while on the road. Often times, other drivers fail to see them, thus not leaving them ample space to manoeuver. Fortunately, the State of Illinois has many laws in place to protect cyclists and keep them safe on roadways. Listed below are some of the laws in place in Illinois that are designed to keep cyclists safe.

Safe Passing Laws

  • Illinois requires that motor vehicle drivers that decide to pass a bicycle going the same direction must leave a safe distance, not less than three feet, between the vehicle and the bicyclist. They must maintain the distance until they have safely passed the bicycle.

Treatment as a Vehicle

  • In our state, bicycles are not vehicles according to the statute that defines vehicles. However, an individual riding a bicycle is subjected to all the rights and duties that a motor vehicle driver has. That means that bicyclists must follow the same rules that drivers do, and drivers must treat bicyclists the same way they would treat drivers of other motor vehicles.

Dooring Law

  • Under Illinois Law, no individual is able to open the door of a vehicle unless it is safe to do so, or when it can be done without interfering with a cyclist. Also, you cannot leave a door open that is in the way of moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary.

Helmet Law

  • Our state currently has no helmet law. It is legal for all individuals of any age to operate a bike without a helmet. With that said, it is a good idea to wear a helmet, particularly if you have little experience riding a bike, as it will help avoid injuries to the head if a crash occurs.

The following laws are all in place to minimize the risk that comes with riding a bike and also to reduce conflicts between bikes and vehicles. Whether you are driving a car or riding a bike, it is imperative to follow the laws in our state in order to keep yourself and others safe. Failure to do so can result in a ticket, injuries, or fatalities.

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury as the result of a bicycle accident, you don’t have to suffer alone.  The compassionate bicycle accident attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. understand the pain and suffering you are going through and will fight on your behalf against individuals who endanger our roads. Contact us at (217) 443-4343 to speak about your unique situation today.

Family of fatal bicycle accident victim in Chicago files lawsuit

The family of the “Divvy” biker killed in a truck accident last month filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the truck driver and its employer, an article of Chicago Tribune reported on August 1.

According to the family, A&B Flooring Supplies Inc. and its employee Cosmin Radu are liable for the July 1 accident that killed Divvy rider Virginia Murray, 25. Radu, who was driving a flatbed truck at the time, was accused of negligence for striking Murray in the north lane of Sacramento Avenue. Reports revealed that there were no dedicated bike lanes in the area where the accident happened. The legal counsel representing the Murray family said that they are not planning to file a lawsuit against the bike-sharing company.

The Spiros Law, P.C., attorneys understand that many bicyclists die in car and truck accidents. If your loved one was the victim of a motorist’s negligence, we may be able to offer you legal assistance to pursue damage claims against responsible parties. Find out how we could help you recover your loss today by calling (217) 443-4343.

Woman hospitalized after Plano bicycle accident

A woman was recently treated at Valley West Hospital after her bicycle was struck by a vehicle near the city of Plano, Illinois. According to deputies of the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred on April 17, as the biker traveled westbound on Frazier Road, not far from Cook Road.

The 42-year-old woman fell from the shoulder of Frazier Road into a ditch after her bike was rear-ended by a vehicle. Reports claim there were several vehicles passing in the westbound lane when the mishap occurred. A driver who witnessed the accident transported the bicyclist to the hospital in Sandwich where she received medical attention.

The lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C., understand that many bicycle riders sustain injuries in car accidents. If you or someone you know has suffered due to a negligent driver, we may be able to help you seek compensation for the damage done by the accident. Speak with us today at (217) 443-4343 to learn more about your options.

Public expresses concern over dangerous Chicago intersection near school

People in the Chicago area recently expressed their concern regarding an intersection near a school after pedestrians, which include grade school students, are becoming involved in accidents, an article of NBC Chicago reported on March 16.

The community wanted to have a stop sign installed at the intersection of Austin and Cornelia due to increasing accident rates. The Chicago Academy grade school reportedly is near the busy intersection. A concerned parent stated that they have seen many accidents taking place near the intersection. In a recent incident, a boy struck a parked vehicle with his bicycle after a moving vehicle apparently interrupted him. In another incident, two young girls became victims of a hit-and-run accident near the intersection on their way to school. The office of Alderman Gilbert Villegas has coordinated with the state’s Department of Transportation to address the issue.

The lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., advocate for Danville families whose loved ones are injured in accidents. If you are in such a situation, we may possibly help you get medical funds by pursuing damage claims against negligent parties. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (217) 443-4343.

Bicyclist killed in Quincy hit-and-run accident

A male bicyclist was killed after he was struck by a vehicle near Quincy, Illinois, WGEM reported on June 21.

Authorities apprehended the vehicle driver, who they believe attempted to flee the scene of the accident.

The Illinois State Police identified the bicyclist as Michael Pulliam. Pulliam, 62, was riding his bike at about 4:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Spring Lake Road when he was struck by a vehicle. Authorities later arrested 21-year-old Colton Walker due to suspicion of his involvement in the crash. An unmanned vehicle apparently owned by Walker was found by authorities; they noted its damage and related it to the accident. Walker, who was charged in relation to the crash, was booked at Adams County Jail.

The legal team at Spiros Law, P.C., in Danville send their deepest thoughts to the family and friends affected during this difficult time.