Illinois Bicycle Safety Laws

Illinois has a whole range of bicycle safety laws. For example, under the Illinois Vehicle Code, 625 ILCS 5/11-1407, it is illegal for a person to open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so. This means that it would be illegal to open a car door into a bike lane when a bicyclist is approaching.

For the safety of bicyclists, Illinois law requires that lamps (bike lights) and other equipment on bicycles be installed and be in good working order. That means that a light on the front of each bike that shows a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet be positioned on the front of the bike with a red reflector on the rear that is approved by the Illinois law. The Illinois Department of Transportation also requires bicycle riders to cycle on a roadway, not a sidewalk and to ride as close as possible to the right-hand curb or edge of the street.

Illinois law regarding bicycle safety is only designed to prevent injury to bicyclists. More and more Chicago area and Illinois individuals are riding bikes for school, work and for pleasure. Chicago residents have given up their cars and rely principally on their bikes for transportation. Drivers of motor vehicles must be alert to the ever-increasing number of bicyclists on Illinois streets and roadways.

If you or someone you know have been injured or killed 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 for a free and immediate consultation, or complete a contact form online. We are able to give you free and confidential evaluation of your case. There are no legal fees for this advice.

Robert Kreisman of Kreisman Law Offices has been handling Chicago and Illinois bike accident cases for more than 40 years.

From auto-bicycle to truck and auto crashes, Kreisman Law Offices has prevailed in trials and settlements in Chicago, Illinois and surrounding areas and has successfully resolved cases for severely injured clients over these many years.

With our years of experience in trying and settling bike accident cases, Kreisman Law Offices provides the best possible services to our clients and have achieved unsurpassed results. Our service is unmatched. Please call us 24 hours a day at 312.346.0045 or toll free 800.583.8002 for a free and immediate consultation, or complete a contact form online.

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