Law Offices in East Peoria and Pekin

Bicycle accidents, unfortunately, happen every day. Over 50,000 people annually are injured riding bicycles. Bike accidents in Peoria, especially during the summer on raining days, are all too common. They often are a result of a car or truck collision. While the number of wrongful death bicycle accidents in the United States has decreased in recent years, thanks to helmet protection laws, one person (on average) dies each week in the U.S. because of an automobile-bicycle type of accident.

Still, avid and casual bike riders alike know how dangerous riding a bike on Peoria area roadways can be. Common bicycle related injuries in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties include:

  • Head Injury
  • Brain Injury (Concussions)
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Neck Injury
  • Back Injury
  • Bone Fractures (Broken Bones)

These injuries are serious and most often always require immediate medical attention. Lacerations, scarring, disfigurement, and even paralysis are not uncommon results from serious bicycle-automobile collisions.

Even when riding a bike across the street to a friend’s house, or “down the street” to school, bicycle accidents can happen at any time. A neighbor backing their car out of their driveway, road conditions, and drunk drivers are often the main causes of bike accidents. If you or your child has been in a bicycle accident and have been injured by a negligent driver, even a friendly neighbor, it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced bicycle personal injury attorney. But first and foremost, seek immediate medical attention when injured. As with concussions, for example, the symptoms of the collision may not appear severe from the outset. But as recent studies have shown, the long-term effects can have consequences for years to come. An experienced personal injury lawyer will make sure you get the best medical treatment available. Today, tomorrow, and in subsequent years if, in fact, your head injury requires such monitoring.

Oddly, many bicyclists that are in a car or truck bicycle collision are under the false impression that “the accident was their fault.” This is simply not true. Bike riders are not at fault when they are injured by careless or intoxicated drivers, or when hazardous road conditions are a cause of the accident. Municipal liability laws come into play with these type of injury cases. By Illinois law, your local municipality is responsible for maintaining adequate road conditions, and bicyclists should not suffer due to municipal government negligence.

To determine if you have a legitimate bicycle personal injury case, or if you need to speak with an experienced bicycle accident attorney, consult with us, “the personal injury lawyers” at Williams, Williams & Bembenek. We have over 40 years of experience in the Peoria-Pekin area dealing with “drivers at fault” and their insurance companies.

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