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Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents - Our Attorneys in Chicago Get Results

Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable people on our roads. When a vehicle hits a pedestrian, the victim is almost always seriously injured or even killed. That’s why motorists are expected to keep an eye out for pedestrians and drive defensively to avoid accidents – but too many drivers don’t meet those responsibilities.

Many pedestrian accidents often involve other types of accidents. Whether you're dealing with a car accident or truck and bus accidents, we can help. We also have experience handling complicated railroad accident cases.

Bicycle Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries In An Instant. Are You Prepared?

Bicycle accidents in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois happen far too often. Each year, thousands of cyclists sustain serious injuries, often due to mistakes made by careless drivers. News reports are far too common about cyclists being hurt or killed because a driver "doored" the rider - opened the door of a parked car right in front of a cyclist.

At Coplan & Crane, we stand up for the rights of injured cyclists. Based in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Coplan & Crane has years of experience building strong legal cases for cyclists. We thoroughly understand Illinois' complicated traffic laws. We use this knowledge to get our clients the compensation they rightfully deserve.

Too often, too many drivers try to place the blame on cyclists. They claim the cyclist did something to cause the accident. They insist they didn't see the cyclist. They claim they did nothing wrong.

Cyclists have rights. When a driver hits a cyclist, the driver needs to be held responsible for his or her actions. It's no different than when someone causes a car accident with another vehicle. The reckless driver should be held accountable.

The vast majority of bicycle accidents happen on city and suburban streets.  That’s unacceptable.  Because bicycles have become so common on our streets, drivers should know better.  Drivers should share the road and respect bicycle lanes. And when they don’t, they need to be held accountable.

Frequently asked questions about pedestrian accidents in Chicago

The following are a few frequently asked questions about pedestrian accidents:


Q:  What should I do immediately after my pedestrian accident in Chicago?

A:  Call for emergency medical help. Even if you don't feel injured, make sure you have an experienced medical professional examine you. Don't put your health at risk. Have a doctor, EMT or another medical professional examine you immediately.

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Q:  Should I call the police if I'm hit by a car while crossing the street?

A:  Yes. Call the police immediately if you have been injured in a Chicago pedestrian accident - even if you believe it's a minor accident. Police will investigate the accident and create a report, which may help you later with your personal injury claim.

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Q:  What should I do if the driver flees the scene of my pedestrian accident?

A:  Try to remember as many details as possible about the driver who caused your pedestrian accident.  What color was the car? What make and model? What was the license plate number? Was the driver a man or a woman? Young or old? Every detail matters! You should give police as many details as possible about the driver and his or her vehicle. If the driver is found, you may be entitled to compensation from his or her insurance company. If the driver is not found, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company.

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Q:  Should I call my insurance company after my pedestrian accident?

A:  Yes. Your own auto insurance policy may cover you in the event of a pedestrian accident. This is why you should report your accident to your insurance company immediately.

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Q:  Should I call a lawyer after my Chicago pedestrian accident?

Yes. You should contact a pedestrian accident attorney in Chicago, even before you contact your insurance company. A lawyer can listen to your unique circumstances and discuss your options. Additionally, a lawyer can fill out accident forms for you, investigate your accident and negotiate directly with insurance companies. You have too many details to worry about after your pedestrian accident. Make sure you get them right. Contact Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers Coplan & Crane. Call (708) 358-8080 or (800) 394-6002 to schedule a free case evaluation.

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