Aurora Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Seeks Justice for Victims
Experienced Illinois attorney represents people hurt while walking or riding
With the Aurora West Forest Preserve and so many other beautiful bike paths and nature trails in the area, people of all ages love to go out for a ride or walk. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people renewed their enjoyment of biking and walking in these locations as well as throughout our communities. Sadly, when cars share the road with bicyclists and pedestrians, collisions sometimes occur. Aurora personal injury attorney Larry Amoni at Amoni Law Offices, P.C. has helped victims of bicycle and pedestrian accidents pursue justice for more than 30 years. If you’ve been hit, or a loved one has been killed after being struck by a car or truck, my firm will seek suitable compensation from the at-fault driver.
Common causes of bicycle and pedestrian accidents
Many different factors can trigger a bicycle or pedestrian accident, including:
- Driver distractions — Many drivers think they can operate their vehicle safely while keeping one eye on their phone, dashboard monitor or the food they’re eating. This is not the case, especially when distracted motorists are only looking out for other large vehicles.
- Hazardous conditions — Poor lighting, obstructed-view intersections and even weather can compromise a driver’s ability to recognize a cyclist or pedestrian. Debris on the road also creates a hazard for a bicycle rider, who might have to swerve suddenly toward traffic to avoid hitting an obstacle.
- Careless motorists — Some vehicle operators might not be aware that Illinois law gives pedestrians the right of way while they are in a crosswalk. Likewise, moving violations such as speeding and weaving are especially dangerous to walkers and cyclists who don’t have the ability drivers have to avoid a reckless motorist.
Our firm looks beyond the police reports to find all of the parties who were liable for a serious crash. This could include municipalities and other third parties in addition to vehicle drivers. From there, we work to maximize compensation for plaintiffs.
Injuries that frequently result from bicycle and pedestrian accidents
Given the imbalance of size and speed, a pedestrian or cyclist has a much higher chance of suffering a catastrophic injury than someone sitting inside a motor vehicle. In more than 40 years of legal practice, attorney Larry Amoni has handled the full range of accident claims and develops a strong case whether the plaintiff has suffered a traumatic brain injury, broken bones, spinal cord damage, internal injuries or some other ailment. Mr. Amoni also represents bereaved loved ones and estate representatives in wrongful death litigation.
What to do if you have been injured in a bike or pedestrian accident
Nothing stands between you and an oncoming vehicle when you’re walking or on a bike. Even a car traveling at a slow speed is likely to cause serious harm and leave you disoriented at the scene. However, if you do not require immediate medical care, you can help yourself by taking photographs of the scene, collecting contact information of witnesses and recording everything you can remember that led up to the accident. Whether you think you’re hurt or not, you should summon police immediately and have your condition checked by a doctor as soon as you can.
How an Aurora lawyer can help with a bike or pedestrian accident
In the days following an accident, you might hear from the defendant’s lawyer or insurance company seeking to end the case quickly, likely in exchange for a small amount of money. This could be very costly in the long run. Our Aurora personal injury lawyer has represented numerous pedestrians and bicycle riders and will give you an informed assessment of the type of financial recovery you should expect. Should you choose to pursue legal relief, he will advise you on the relevant law and guide you through every step of the legal process.
Contact an Aurora bicycle and pedestrian accident lawyer for a free consultation
Amoni Law Offices, P.C. in Aurora assists Illinois residents who have been struck by motor vehicles while walking or riding a bicycle. You can schedule a free consultation about your case and legal options by calling call or contacting us online.