Chicago Rollerblading Accident Attorney
Rollerblading has increased in popularity recently both as a recreational activity and as a method of transportation in the city’s warmer months. Rollerblading puts bladers at risk of sustaining extremely severe injuries. However, the gear they wear provides little protection if they are struck by a vehicle or colliding with objects that dart into their paths.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents Chicago rollerbladers, skateboarders, and pedestrians hit by cars, trucks, and other vehicles. Contact our office for a free review of your case. A personal injury lawyer will discuss available legal options with you without any cost or obligation on your part. Our law firm can provide immediate legal representation, offer legal advice, and begin the process of a personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit.
Most people refuse to give rollerbladers the right to occupy space on the street or fail to notice them before causing a car or truck accident. Those injured in these types of accidents are entitled to compensation for the reimbursement of medical bills, the loss of income, and other burdening costs as a result of their injuries.
Causes of Rollerblading AccidentsThe leading cause of rollerblading accidents in the United States remains a motorist’s failure to yield the right of way to rollerbladers. Bladers are entitled to the same protections as a motorcyclist or bicyclist. They must also adhere to the rules of the road and follow traffic control signals when occupying a lane in traffic. Also, rollerblading accidents may be the result of the following:
- The failure of motorists to notice the rollerblader when entering an intersection or merging into traffic
- The opening of doors in the path of rollerbladers which results in a collision between the blader and the car door or another stationary object when the victim tries to get out of the way
- Collisions resulting from the failure of motorists to yield the right of way to the rollerblader when making a turn onto another street
Injuries Sustained by RollerbladersThe injuries sustained by rollerbladers are often severe and require expensive medical care and ongoing therapy. Due to the limited protection provided by the rollerblader’s gear can result in injuries to the head, neck, or spine. These catastrophic accidents may result in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and paralysis. Additionally, victims may suffer severe lacerations or internal injuries that require immediate surgery to address. If the wounds become infected, victims may also be at risk of losing a limb if amputation is the only way to stop the spread of the infection.
Severe or permanent serious injuries may limit the victim’s ability to return to work and provide for his or her family. Without insurance funds or workers’ compensation benefits, the victim may face extensive medical bills as a result of an accident. Brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or temporary/permanent paralysis may affect the victim’s potential future income.
A loss of income at a time when the injured party requires long term or ongoing care could create a long-lasting financial hardship. A personal injury lawsuit handled by our law offices could help. With extensive legal counsel from our legal team, you can resolve your personal injury case that might involve negligence or medical malpractice.
General Prejudice against Rollerbladers, An Element that Needs to Be Addressed When Pursuing a Rollerblading Injury Case
Despite gaining popularity over the past two decades, rollerblading is generally frowned upon by the community. Residents feel that those who skate, or rollerblade, are a nuisance and should not be allowed on the streets with cyclists and pedestrians.
Many local communities in the Chicago area and surrounding counties have enacted ordinances to control rollerblading in their communities. Some of these areas include:
- Cook County
- DuPage County
- Lake County
- Will County
- Arlington Heights
The rollerblader is often stigmatized as the at-fault party, even when the evidence is overwhelmingly in his or her favor. Facing accusations of causing the accident is why those who are injured in rollerblading accidents must retain the representation of an experienced personal injury attorney. Our lawyers have a successful track record of winning cases involving similar cases.