Bike messengers and courier messenger employees face tremendous risk of injury every day. Weaving through traffic and congested streets throughout the city poses a great deal of danger for many. Not only must they meet a required number of deliveries, but they must do so in a timely manner, thus adding further risk for injury.
Numerous companies, franchises and food chains have resorted to using courier messengers and bicycle delivery services as a result of increased gas prices. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 116,200 bike messengers and couriers for the year of 2010. That number is expected to increase by as much as 13% in less than 10 years.
There are many reasons why bike messengers and courier messenger accidents may occur. Like car accidents, one of the greatest causes of courier accidents is driver negligence. For bike messengers and courier service agents this negligence can be far more fatal since they do not possess the heavy-duty protection of an aluminum body, like that of a vehicle. Bike messengers may also suffer greater damage from the powerful impact of a hefty vehicle collision.
Common reasons for courier messenger and bike messenger accidents are:
Bicycle accidents and courier messenger collisions occur on far more frequently than expected. Despite the rise in bike messenger popularity and usage, bike messengers still face a great level of peril on the roads and streets. Although, myriad of safety regulations and laws have been enacted and set in to place, drivers and motorists continue to fail to acknowledge and respect lanes and traffic signs.
If you have been injured as a result of a bike messenger or courier messenger accident, there are some important steps you must take:
If you have suffered injury as a result of a bike messenger or courier messenger accident, immediate action is imperative. You may be entitled to compensation and even have your medical bills and expenses paid. An experienced personal injury lawyer will gather evidence, compile hospital records, and speak to witnesses. Call the personal injury lawyers at The Horwitz Law Group at (312) 641-9200 for a free consultation today.
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Type of Injury: Personal Injury Initial Offer: $50,000.00 Jury Verdict:$1,197,000.00 Johnnie B. Williams Jr. was a professional basketball player back in the 1970s. In 2002 while getting off a CTA red line train, the trainman closed the doors on Mr. Williams while he was exiting the train. At the time, Mr. Williams was wearing a backpack that became lodged in the doors. The train began to move and Mr. Williams ran along the platform until the train’s speed prevented him from doing so. At that time, Mr. William’s lost his footing and his long legs began striking the platform while he fought to free himself of the train’s doors and/or his backpack. In the process of doing so, Mr. Williams fractured a bone in his wrist. Luckily he was able to free himself of the doors just before the car reached the end of the platform. Mr. Williams went to several law firms who refused to take his case holding that he was at fault for his own injuries. Mr. Williams then came to see Mark J. Horwitz, of The Horwitz Law Group. Mr. Horwitz instantly filed suit against the CTA and began an investigation to obtain information regarding any…
Type of Injury: Personal Injury Final Offer: $75,000.00 Final Judgment: $100,000.00 On October 7, 2007, Ms. Bogan was driving her automobile on Interstate 57 when she noticed a car stopped in one of the moving lanes. When she looked to see what was happening, she saw a man slumped over his steering wheel who was not moving. Being a good Samaritan, Ms. Bogan parked her vehicle in front of the disabled vehicle and got out to see if the driver of that car needed assistance. After determining that the man was not conscious, Ms. Bogan called the Illinois State Police. The police arrived and told Ms. Bogan to get back into her car. While going between the two cars, the man suddenly awoke, hit his gas and crushed Ms. Bogan between the vehicles. Ms. Bogan’s leg was nearly severed from her body. It turned out that the man causing the accident had no auto insurance. Mr. Horwitz then had to file an uninsured motorist claim with Ms. Bogan’s own insurance company who initially found Ms. Bogan at fault for her own injuries. After fighting and threatening to file a vexatious delay and bad faith claim against Ms. Bogan’s own insurance…
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