Bicycle Accidents And Helmet Use

On this site, various Lake County bicycle accidents have been summarized in the “Bicycling Accidents” category.

As seen in the county summary crash report provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), for the year 2014 Lake County had 86 “pedalcyclist crashes,” in which two were fatal (two fatalities) and 81 involved injuries (81 people were injured).  As one would expect due to the nature of bicycle accidents, many of those injured suffered significant bodily harm.

On the “Regarding A Bicycle Accident” page, various aspects of Chicago-area bicycle accidents are discussed.  Reasons for such bicycle accidents are discussed, as are statistics regarding Illinois bicycle accidents.

As mentioned on that page, a recently Chicago Tribune article mentions “…that a high percentage (more than two-thirds) of fatal bicycle accidents involve bicyclists who are not wearing helmets.”  Other sources, such as that seen in the post titled “Bicycling Helmets And Their Importance Regarding Head Injuries,” also support the idea that bicycle helmets are effective safety measures in preventing head injuries during accidents.

A November 6, 2015 Daily Herald article (“Will helmets be mandatory for Buffalo Grove bicyclists“) discusses a potential city ordinance being discussed in Buffalo Grove that would require that bicyclists wear helmets.  The article discusses various aspects of wearing a helmet and what such an ordinance may encompass.

Two excerpts from the article:

An advocate for bicyclists said Buffalo Grove could be the first municipality in Illinois to pass such an ordinance.


Trustee Andrew Stein questioned how it would be enforced, and noted that Illinois doesn’t even require motorcyclists to wear helmets. He suggested that the village board ask the Health Commission to come up with more bicycle safety programs.

Should you be injured in a bicycle accident, there are various steps that you should take to protect both your health as well as your potential ability to get compensation for your injuries.

From a health perspective, it is important to get a thorough medical exam after a vehicle accident.  The reasons for this are discussed in the “Important Reasons For Getting A Medical Exam After An Accident” page.

From a legal perspective, it is recommended that you speak with a personal injury lawyer to determine what steps should be taken to maximize the potential for injury compensation.  There are various types of injury compensation, including that for medical bill reimbursement, lost wages, loss of function, pain & suffering, costs of short-term medical care, and costs for ongoing (long-term) medical care.

The Elman Joseph Law Group has been handling Illinois personal injury lawsuits for over 20 years.  During this time, the firm has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases.  It has gained a reputation for its court-trial performance, which in many cases has proven valuable to Elman Joseph Law Group clients.  More details on the Elman Joseph Law Group can be found on the “Lake County IL Car Accident Lawyer” page.

Tony Elman,  principal trial attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, offers a free legal consultation to discuss your accident and the associated injuries.  He can be contacted at (773) 392-8182.  During this discussion, you can discuss the accident and your injuries and ask whatever questions you may have with regard to the legal process.

Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC handles such Illinois personal injury cases on a “contingency basis”…you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.