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Crystal Lake Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Winnebago personal injury lawyer

Assisting Personal Injury Clients in Northern Illinois

Motor vehicles must share Illinois road with pedestrians and bicyclists. Unfortunately, far too many drivers do not know right of way rules and drive recklessly when pedestrians and bicyclist are present. Accidents involving pedestrians and bikers often result in serious injuries and even deaths because they do not have the same structural protection as a driver in a car or truck. At the law office of Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, we are experienced in representing pedestrians and bicyclists injured in motor vehicle accidents. We carefully investigate our cases and fight to ensure our clients obtain full compensation for their injuries.

Pedestrian Accidents In Illinois

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 4,930 accidents involving pedestrians in Illinois in 2012. From those crashes, there were 4,665 injuries, 890 of which were serious, incapacitating injuries. There were also 139 deaths. Those injury and death statistics are staggering, and each one represents a real person whose life has been dramatically altered or ended.

While there are many precautions that pedestrians can take to help protect their own safety, in many cases there is nothing that can be done to protect oneself from reckless and negligent driving. Accidents with pedestrians typically occur because a driver fails to see the pedestrian or is not obeying traffic laws. If you are injured as a pedestrian, our attorneys can help you get the compensation you need and deserve to recover.

Bike Accidents In Illinois

Like pedestrian accidents, many bike accidents occur because a driver does not see the bicyclist or is not following traffic laws. Many drivers do not know that they are supposed to yield to bicycles or observe a minimum clearance distance when passing. In Illinois, the minimum clearance distance is three feet. Failure to follow traffic laws pertaining to bicyclists can make a driver liable for a bike accident.

Assigning responsibility for some bicycle accidents is very straightforward, but in others one or more parties may share the blame. Illinois uses a modified comparative negligence model to recover damages in a personal injury suit. Under this model, an individual can only recover damages in an accident if he/she is 50 percent or less at fault. Additionally, insurance companies will typically reduce the amount they pay in damages by the amount the victim is determined to be at fault. Assigning fault is highly subjective, however. Our attorneys are skilled in strongly advocating for our clients both in negotiations with the insurance company and in court when necessary.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, contact us to schedule a free consultation at our Crystal Lake office. We offer flexible appointment times and are available for home visits if you cannot travel.Our firm serves clients throughout McHenry, Cook, Lake DeKalb, Boone, Kane, and Winnebago Counties.

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