Bike Helmets

The number of bicycle accidents in Chicago is on the rise. Safety and bicycle use is imperative. About 1,000 American bicyclists die each year in bicycle accidents. That number is rising only because bicycle use is rising as well. About ¾ of those who die in bicycle accidents are caused by head injuries. Many bicyclists are severely injured while using their bikes suffering permanent brain damage. Most of those head injuries and head injury deaths could be prevented with bike helmets.

It may seem that a bike helmet is a burden. Bicyclists often commute to work. Commuters come in all types and styles. Bike commuters may ride their bikes from home to a CTA station or Metra station or a bus stop and then because of Chicago rush hour restrictions, lock their bikes and cart their helmets to their workplace or school. This may seem like a challenge.

Basic helmets come in many shapes and sizes. The important part is that they are protective enough to shield the rider’s head from a blunt injury in case of a fall or a collision with a motorist or other vehicle. Helmets usually have a plastic shell that keeps the helmet’s base from getting scratched or damaged. This protects the bicyclist’s head.

Bicycle riding is dangerous no matter what. But using a helmet is likely to prevent serious head and brain injury to bike riders in Chicago.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a bicycle accident, please call us for an immediate free consultation. Please call us 24 hours a day at 312.346.0045 or toll free 800.583.8002 or complete a contact form online. We are able to give you a free and confidential evaluation of your case. There are no legal fees for this advice. As a driver of a bicycle, it is important to remain alert and vigilant at all times.

Robert Kreisman of Kreisman Law Offices has been handling Chicago, Illinois area bicycle accidents for more than 40 years. Attorney Robert Kreisman often speaks to lawyers and other groups regarding safety measures for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, truck drivers and other motorists. Bicyclists should be very aware that bicycle accidents are frequent occurrences on Chicago area streets and roadways.

Generally, ninety-five percent of Mr. Kreisman’s cases are settled out of the courtroom, whether by negotiations with the other party’s insurer or through mediation or arbitration. Mr. Kreisman offers a free telephone consultation. The free consultation will include a discussion about your case, the facts and Illinois law that relates to it. These calls are welcomed to discuss the case details, the Chicago Municipal Ordinances, Illinois law on bike safety and a legal analysis of your case.

In any free consultation, a prospective client should also be aware of the advantages of settlement out-of-court compared to a jury trial. Damages that must be considered in bicycle accident cases include the value lost time from your job, medical bills, past and in the future, pain and suffering experienced and that may be to be expected in the future because of the injuries. Disfigurement, scarring and loss of normal life are also damage issues to be considered in injury cases. There are no legal fees for this advice.

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