What rights do I have as a pedestrian?
Illinois laws and statutes provide pretty broad protections for pedestrians that share the road with drivers operating a motor vehicle -- particularly in areas like crosswalks. Generally speaking, drivers must always yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, meaning they must come to a full and complete stop to allow pedestrians to cross. The laws also preclude any vehicles from passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk, in order to prevent injuring anyone who may be in the process of crossing within the designated crosswalk area.
What rights do I have when riding a bicycle?
Following the rules of the road are critical when bicyclists choose to share the road with other drivers. As long as bicycle riders are obeying the traffic laws, signs, and signals that apply to motorists, they will retain many of the same rights as the other drivers on the road. Additionally, when motorists choose to pass a bicycle rider, the motorist is required by law to allow at least three feet of space between their vehicle and the bicyclist. If a bicyclist chooses to ride on a sidewalk or path, they are entitled to a safe path without hazardous obstructions or defective conditions.
If you've been injured, don't wait.
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries that can disrupt your quality of life, both emotionally and physically. If you've been involved in an accident as a pedestrian or bicyclist, timing can be crucial to your case. You can't afford to wait if you want to be compensated for your injuries. If you've been injured and think you may have a case, contact the Suburban Injury Law Group today to schedule a free consultation and find out if you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries.