Cycling is one of the most popular leisure activities in Illinois, especially in Edwardsville, a town that boasts hundreds of miles of publicly accessible cycling and walking trails. While biking is a great, fun way to get some exercise and travel, bicycle accidents do unfortunately occur. The risks of biking are only exacerbated when cyclists share the road with automobiles. If you or a loved one suffered an injury on a bicycle, due to another individual or dangerous riding conditions, you may be entitled to compensation for those injuries. Contact an experienced Edwardsville bicycle accident lawyer from TorHoerman Law to discuss your legal options today.
Unlike pedestrians, bicyclists do not automatically have the right of way. Instead, they must follow the same rules of the road as motor vehicles. This includes stopping at stop signs, obeying traffic lights, stopping to yield to pedestrians, and riding on the correct side of the ride.
There is currently no law in Edwardsville stating whether or not you have to wear a helmet, but it strongly encouraged. A helmet can prevent serious head injuries.
In Illinois, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is two years from the date of the accident. If a lawsuit is not filed within that time frame, you may not be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. It is important to call a lawyer as soon as possible.
Amongst more than 200 new laws implemented by the Illinois state government that took effect on January 1st, 2018, HB 2895 named cycling the state’s official exercise. With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s just a matter of time before two-wheel traffic starts to flood the MCT trails. Cycling just recently has been dubbed the official exercise of Illinois but has long been the preferred means of exercise and travel for many. Madison County, Illinois has more than 130 miles of riding trails available to the public, attracting cycling enthusiasts from all around the greater St. Louis area. Unfortunately, the high number of cyclists also means there are increased chances of bicycle accidents. In the United State alone:
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