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Why aren’t there more female cyclists?

With a BikeScore of 62, bikeabout.com reports that Chicago is among the most bicycle-friendly when it comes to large cities in the U.S. Improving the city’s bicycle infrastructure has been the focus of more than one city official over the past decade.

To add to Chicago’s biking appeal, bike share companies in the city offer rides for a few dollars each, as well as longer bicycle rentals for out-of-towners and bicycle tourists.

Summertime bicycle safety tips

In a collision between a vehicle and a bicycle, the bicyclist will always lose. That is why even though all drivers have a duty to drive safely, it is up to you to protect yourself and prevent accidents. Make it your priority to practice bicycle safety at all times.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the state saw 2,763 bicycle accidents in 2017. Bike accidents caused 2,663 injuries and 26 deaths in Illinois in 2017. Use the following tips to decrease your risk of getting into a bike accident this summer.

Truck accidents commonly cause injuries and death in construction

Large trucks are a part of daily life in Chicago and across Illinois. These vehicles are necessary for deliveries, for construction and many other reasons. Despite their utility, they present certain dangers to people who are near them. If there is an auto accident between a passenger vehicle and a truck, those in the passenger vehicle will inevitably get the worst of it with injuries and fatalities. For people who have been injured or lost a loved one, it is essential to understand how to proceed when considering a lawsuit for compensation.

According to recent reports, a 56-year-old construction worker was killed when she was hit by a dump truck. The accident happened just after midnight. The investigation shows that the dump truck was backing up as road construction was being done. The woman worked as a flagger. After she was hit, emergency personnel were called, but she was declared dead at the site of the accident. An autopsy showed she died from crush injuries. It has yet to be determined if any charges will be filed against the driver of the dump truck. The deceased woman was a mother. She had worked for the company since last year. The investigation is ongoing.

AAA worries about marijuana legalization increasing car accidents

Marijuana has become a substance that is no longer viewed as negatively as it once was. With that, lawmakers are increasingly expressing a willingness to legalize it. Such is the case in Illinois as it is being legalized. Still, there are concerns about its legalization and a new survey from AAA indicates that people admit to driving after smoking marijuana. This is sparking worry that car accidents can happen because of drivers being under its influence.

AAA's study shows that almost 15 million Americans stated they drove within the hour in which they had smoked marijuana. Drivers are not as worried about driving under the influence of marijuana as they are after drinking or using other drugs. However, driving after smoking marijuana can be as dangerous as drowsy driving, drinking and driving and being distracted behind the wheel. According to the evidence, people have memory problems, experience trouble retaining information and lose reaction time that can last for an extended period after its use.

Car accidents can be caused by anyone including off-duty cops

When people get behind the wheel after drinking in Chicago, there can be car accidents with injuries and fatalities. Often, those who are hurt or lose their lives are people simply minding their own business. They are not expecting to be victimized in a crash. To make these incidents worse, it is sometimes law enforcement who are the ones driving under the influence. People who have been injured and the families of those who lost their lives should consider all their options to be compensated after DUI car accidents.

A woman who was sitting in a restaurant was killed and her friend was injured when an alleged drunk driver crashed into the establishment. The driver was an off-duty law enforcement officer. According to the investigation, the driver was going to be hit by another vehicle when he swerved and ran onto the sidewalk, crashing into the restaurant. The woman who died, 34, was trapped underneath the car. She was declared dead at the hospital. She was a nurse and had two children. The friend had a broken leg.

What to do after a taxi accident if you are a passenger

There is so much to see and do around Chicago. A thriving nightlife is just one of the many reasons why Chicago residents love the city. If you do not feel like contending with traffic, then you may need to hail a taxi. While it is convenient, you do need to be careful. Out of the over 5,000 taxi accidents that took place in Illinois in 2015, a majority of them took place in Chicago. 

While you may think you can just walk away from a taxi accident because you were not responsible, you need to think again. You still need to cooperate with the claims process, and that involves following some key steps. 

Car accidents with vehicles hitting buildings cause injuries

Being on the road in any capacity in Chicago places people at risk of being in an accident. This is true if they are driving, are passengers in a vehicle, are bicyclists or pedestrians. One place where people are expecting to be safe from car accidents is when they are inside a building. This can be in their own home or in a store or restaurant. However, in many cases, a driver can lose control of a vehicle or have a crash that ends when it runs into a structure. People inside will be unprepared for an accident and could be injured or killed. When this happens, it is important to remember that they have the right to consider a legal case to receive compensation.

A man who was inside a McDonald's was injured when a minivan ran into the establishment. The driver of the vehicle was also hurt. The accident happened at shortly before 7 a.m. The investigation showed that the 47-year-old female driver was attempting a turn when the vehicle went out of control. It crashed into the dining room of the restaurant. The man, 58, had lacerations and was taken to the hospital. The driver had leg injuries and was also taken for treatment. Two employees were taken to be examined after they were shaken by the incident. The driver received citations for several violations including not reducing speed to avoid an accident.

4 ways to stay safe in an Uber or Lyft

Uber and Lyft seem to be everywhere these days. Even though rideshare platforms offer a convenient way to reach your destination, they are not the same as taxicabs. While there is no guarantee you will arrive safely when you ride with a professional driver, opting for an amateur one presents some unique risks. 

Every time you ride in a motor vehicle, you must take certain steps to ensure your safety. For example, you must always wear your seatbelt. According to a recent study, though, rideshare services may increase the number of motor vehicle accidents on U.S. roadways. Therefore, when in an Uber or Lyft, you must take additional steps to avoid a serious injury. Here are four ways to stay safe during your next trip in a rideshare: 

Study looks at parental demographics in distracted car accidents

In Chicago and across the U.S., texting and driving and the seeming obsession with constantly checking a device is generally associated with younger people who have always had the device close at hand and cannot resist its allure. However, everyone is vulnerable to distracted driving and its dangers. A new survey examines parents and their tendency to text and drive. It splits them into age groups with millennials and older parents. Understanding these numbers can be imperative after car accidents as this information could be crucial to a successful legal filing.

The survey indicates that more than 50 percent of parents who took part said how dangerous it is to text and drive, but a large portion of them do it despite this belief. The parents were separated between millennials who are 22 to 37 and older parents. 52 percent of the millennials think that it is always unsafe to text while driving. 58 percent of older drivers said the same. However, nearly 2/3 of parents admitted to reading text messages when behind the wheel. Over half said they wrote text messages.

Common causes of bicycle accidents

Bicycle accidents are unfortunately common. If you collide with a motor vehicle while cycling, it is you who is at a higher risk of injury and death. In 2017, nearly 800 cyclists died in traffic crashes. This is why bicycle safety is so essential.

The first step to being a safe cyclist is understanding the dangers you face. Here are some top causes of bicycle crashes and how to avoid them. 

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