Joliet Bicyclists Have Great Responsibilities
Not every city has such extensive bike ordinances as found in Joliet, and most locales differ to the laws of the state when addressing matters involving bicyclists. If you are a resident of Joliet, you will need to obtain a license for your bicycle before you can ride in public areas and are subject to the entire code (Joliet Ordinance Section 7-16), whereas visitors are exempt from the need to register their bicycles and obtain licenses. Other ordinances still apply regardless of whether you are a resident, however.
- No one may rent a bicycle that has not been licensed by the rental agency (Section 7-3).
- Bicyclists must obey all traffic control devices and markings with the exception that they may dismount the bike to cross the street where such a turn would normally be prohibited. (Section 7-35).
- You must not ride more than two across when on public streets. When riding on paths specifically provided for bicyclists, this ordinance does not apply (Section 7-39). When paths are available, you must use the path rather than the street (Section 7-42).
- It is against the law to carry any object that will interfere with your ability to keep at least one hand on your handle bar as this will make it difficult to maintain control of your bike (Section 7-40).
- When riding on sidewalks, pedestrians have the right of way and you are prohibited from riding on sidewalks in business districts (Section 7-43).
- Bicycles must be equipped with devices that will alert pedestrians and motorists to their positions. A bell, lamp and reflectors are required to provide visual and auditory awareness (Sections 7-46 and 7-47).
- Parents are responsible for making certain that their children follow applicable bicycle laws and operate their bicycles in a safe manner (Section 7-5).
Accidents Caused by Motorists
Local ordinances are designed to protect cyclists by limiting their exposure to conditions which could increase the likelihood of accidents, but motorists do not always live up to their own responsibilities. Dooring accidents, collisions with bicyclists at intersections and accidents at entrances to public streets often result when drivers are not paying attention or fail to see the bicycle. If the victim has taken adequate measures to make others aware of his or her presence, the driver is liable for the ensuing injuries, which may include the following.
- Injuries to the head, neck and spine.
- Lacerations and deep tissue wounds.
- Broken and shattered bones.
- Puncture wounds.
- Traumatic brain injuries.
Due to the complexity involved in the interpretation of Joliet’s bicycle ordinances, it is important to consult with a Joliet bicycle accident attorney following an accident to understand your rights and to determine which party is at fault. If you are able to prove that the person who caused your injuries failed to take the appropriate cautionary measures to avoid an accident, you will be entitled to compensation for the cost of your medical treatment, out of pocket expenses and any long-term care or pain and suffering.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can maximize the value of your case through a deep understanding of Joliet’s laws and ordinances and access to a comprehensive team of experts across numerous relevant fields. Contact us today to learn more about our track record of success with bike accident cases similar to your own and what you can expect from the legal process. If we fail to collect compensation on your behalf, our services are free.