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Recent Posts About Bicycle Accidents

  • Biking Safety is a Must

    Biking season is here again! Before you start pedaling, read this blog our experienced bicycle accident lawyers put together about insurance and safety measures. Bicyclists are covered by many types of insurance, from renters or homeowners to auto insurance. Even if you don’t have insurance, but someone you live with does, their plan could cover claims for injuries or damages from a bicycle ...
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  • Five Most Dangerous Cities for Bicyclists

    Bicycle riding promotes physical activity and environmental sustainability, but at the same time, it also poses many threats to riders throughout the United States. Large vehicles and unsustainable infrastructures cause thousands of bicycles accidents every year. Our bicycle accident lawyers challenge cyclists riding for sport, play, or transportation to understand their potential dangers. Certain ...
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  • Bikers in Illinois Now Have Same Rights as Drivers

    Governor Rauner just signed a new law reinforcing bicyclist rights in Illinois. "Dennis’s Law" grants bikers the same right-of-way privilege as cars, legally recognizing bicycles as vehicles. The law is named after a 68-year-old Illinois man who died after colliding with a car in 2015. The car didn't yield to Dennis Jurs, who had the right-of-way because he did not have a stop sign while going ...
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  • Bicycle Safety in Chicago

    It’s officially bicycling season in Chicago. While Mayor Rahm Emanuel takes action to make Chicago the most bike-friendly city in the country, our team of bike crash lawyers offer advice on navigating city streets safely. As always, we are available to speak to accident victims free of charge, seven days a week. According to our friends at Advocates Law in Washington, last year cycling accounted ...
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  • Adult Males and City Cyclists Most Likely to Suffer Fatal Accidents

    A report released last month regarding cyclist safety has prompted significant outcry in the media and among public advocates. The report, published by the Governors Highway Safety Association, noted that the number of bicyclists killed on the road is steadily increasing, with adult males and urban settings seeing the most deaths. Bike injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm delve further into ...
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  • Illinois Fifth Most Dangerous State for Cyclists

    National report by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that Illinois ranks among the top states for bicyclist fatalities in the country. On top of this, the overall number of bicyclist deaths is actually rising, at a rate of about 16% per year. Bicycle crash lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm explain this report and what cyclists can do to prevent accidents. The annual report, ...
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  • Two Chicagoans Fatally Hit by Metra Train

    A Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Metra train struck and killed two pedestrians Thursday night. The train was traveling on the West side through Little Village at 21st and Homan Streets when the accident occurred. Train accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on the details of this tragedy. The accident occurred on elevated tracks during the evening rush, around 4:50 p.m. BNSF ...
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  • Chicago Activists Push for Divvy Helmets

    About one year ago, Chicago introduced its first official bike-sharing program, Divvy, which has been met with much success. Over this past year, according to Mayor Emanuel, 1.6 million Divvy trips took place and 23,000 people signed up for annual memberships. In a city committed to becoming the country’s most bike-friendly, only one issue could stand in our path: Divvy’s actual safety and ...
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  • Major Changes to Chicago Roads to Curb Bike Accidents

    Residents of Chicago’s Northwest Side recently gathered in a community center to discuss the major changes to be made in their neighborhood, the 45th ward, and specifically Gladstone and Portage Parks. Among these changes include protected or buffered bike lanes, fewer parking spaces, improved crosswalks and reduced lanes. Bicycle injury attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm detail the proposed ...
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  • Vision Zero and the Quest for Eliminating Traffic Deaths

    Legislation was recently passed in New York City that has audacious aims: to completely eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries over the next ten years. In initiative, drafted by Mayor de Blasio, is called Vision Zero. Auto accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm take a closer look at Vision Zero and how New York City is hoping to achieve it. Last year, nearly 300 people were ...
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  • Injured Bicyclist Sues Citi Bike

    A man in Connecticut recently filed a lawsuit against New York City bike-sharing system Citi Bike after he was severely injured while riding one of its bicycles. As a result of the bike accident he now suffers from traumatic nerve palsy and is seeking $15 million in damages. Bicycle accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm examine this case and whether claims against bike-sharing companies ...
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  • Winter Biking Tips – How to Stay Safe in Snow and Ice

    Now that the polar vortex has, thankfully, left the Midwest, bicyclists feel a bit more comfortable commuting around the city. Though we admire their courage, the bike injury attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm would like to outline a few recommendations to help you ride safely through the snow. It’s All About Layers As temperatures remain in the teens and single digits, it is critically ...
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  • Cycling is Top Sport for Head Injuries

    Traumatic head injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on recent statistics compiled by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, which found that cycling accidents caused about 86,000 head injuries in 2009, while football, which dominates most head injury conversations, accounted for about 47,000. In total in 2009 there were about 447,000 sports-related head injuries treated ...
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  • Driver Charged with Reckless Homicide in Fatal Bike Crash

    Bicycle accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that the north suburban man who fatally hit a bicyclist in the River North neighborhood of Chicago was recently charged with reckless homicide and DUI. The 28-year-old Park Ridge man was driving south on Larrabee Street on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 when he struck and killed a southbound bicyclist. The cyclist was Robert George Cann, 26, of ...
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  • Chicago Mayor Proposes Increased Fines for Reckless Motorists and Bicyclists

    Bicycle crash lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm announce Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new proposals that would significantly increase fines for careless bicyclists and motorists alike. Among other things, the new ordinances would raise fines for cyclists from the standard $25 for all offenses to $50 to $200 depending on the violation. The proposal would also double the fine imposed on drivers ...
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  • The Streets for Cycling Plan 2020

    Chicago injury attorneys are happy to announce the city’s new Streets for Cycling Plan 2020. The plan is identifying projects, programs and policies to encourage bicycle transportation and make the city streets safer for both drivers and riders. In October 2012, a cyclist riding on Near North Side streets was killed when he swerved into the path of an oncoming semi-truck to avoid being hit by an ...
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  • Bicycle, Motorcycle and Large Trucks Fatalities Rise

    According to federal reports, deaths of motorcyclists, bicyclists, and large truck occupants rose sharply in 2011, even as total traffic deaths dropped. Motorcycle fatalities and injuries alone cost an estimated $16 billion per year. Accident and injury attorneys are concerned over this growing national trend. In recent years, our culture has shifted its view of transportation in favor of ...
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  • Cyclists Using Helmet Cams to Stay Safe

    Cyclists are using their heads to catch hit-and-run drivers. The New York Times is reporting on a new high-tech tool catching on with cyclists: helmet cameras. The benefits of this innovative device can be seen through the recent story of a Washington bicyclist who was struck by a car while commuting to work. The driver tried to get away, but the cyclist was able to give police all the evidence ...
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