Every vehicular accident on Aurora’s roadways is devastating, but accidents involving bicyclists are particularly serious. In addition to the fact that many drivers frequently forget to check for cyclists or have difficulty seeing them, the difference in weight between a car and a bicycle increases the odds of traumatic injuries—especially due to the lack of protection offered to bike riders.
When you are hit while cycling, an Aurora bicycle accident lawyer could determine if the other driver was at fault and, if so, work to ensure that you receive adequate financial compensation for your injuries. Contact our dedicated personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. for help.
What Laws Do Bicyclists Have to Follow?
The city of Aurora has enacted several laws that are applicable to cyclists. You should be aware of and comply with the following rules as they encourage safety and ensure that the comparative fault rule does not reduce your available compensation following a bike crash:
- Under the City of Aurora Code of Ordinances §27-264, everyone riding a bicycle is generally subject to the same traffic laws as the drivers of any other type of vehicle.
- Under the City of Aurora Code of Ordinances §27-265, anyone on a bicycle approaching a sidewalk must yield to pedestrians. Similarly, anyone on a bicycle approaching a road must yield to vehicles.
- Under the City of Aurora Code of Ordinances §27-267, no one over the age of fifteen can ride a bicycle on a sidewalk; instead, they must ride on the road.
- Under the City of Aurora Code of Ordinances §27-276 and 27-277, all cyclists must apply for a license from the police department and attach the license to their bike.
A lawyer experienced with advocating for people injured in bike wrecks could help you understand these rules and determine whether you met your obligation leading up to the crash.
Comparative Fault in Illinois
Illinois implemented a comparative fault rule impacting a cyclist’s ability to receive compensation after a crash. Generally, when someone injures someone by acting negligently, they must compensate the injured person for the harm they suffered. Under Illinois’s comparative fault statute, juries must consider whether the injured person’s actions had any part in causing the accident.
According to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116(c), you cannot recover compensation when a jury finds you are more than 50 percent at fault for your bike accident. When you are 50 percent or less at fault, you can recover compensation from the negligent party, but the court will reduce your award amount by your percentage of fault.
A skilled attorney in Aurora could help you determine whether comparative fault could impact your bike collision case and fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.
Make an Appointment with an Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorney in Aurora
Cycling is a wonderful pastime and an excellent alternative mode of transportation. Sadly, it can be perilous, especially when other drivers do not pay attention to their surroundings.
When you are injured while cycling, you should only be focused on recovering from your injuries. Reach out to an Aurora bicycle accident lawyer for help getting the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call our legal team members at the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. to schedule a confidential consultation and let us help you get back on your feet.