Parking Lot Roulette & Bicycle Bingo

IF YOU DRIVE, you probably have experienced the dread of backing out of a parking space in a congested parking lot. Impatient drivers are waiting on your spot. Pedestrians are texting as they walk to or from their cars. Parents aren’t watching their children. And there you sit, sandwiched between two large SUVs. Your visibility is limited to behind your own car. And no one wants to yield to a reversing car.

Who is at fault if you back into an on-coming car or an inattentive pedestrian?

According to Senior Partner Mark Adler, both parties can be at fault. He emphasizes the importance in reversing carefully and slowly, especially when parked next to a vehicle that obscures your vision.

If you are involved in a parking lot accident, Mr. Adler stresses that it is critical to obtain witness names and contact information because the matter could boil down to a "he said/she said" situation. He reminds drivers to be polite but assertive when contacting police. Some departments hesitate to respond to parking lot accidents because private property is involved.

BICYCLES & THE LAW

With high gas prices, more bicyclists are on city and suburban streets this summer than ever before. Drivers and cyclists need to be respectful of each other. Illinois' Rules of the Road apply to both cyclists and drivers and offer a clear cut starting point for sharing our roadways.

Bicyclists:

Remember, when biking on the street, you must follow the rules of the road as if you are driving a car.

  • Obey the same traffic laws, signs and signals that apply to motorists, including use of turn lanes and 4-way stops.
  • Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks or on sidewalks.
  • Ride the same direction as traffic.
  • When riding on sidewalks, obey all pedestrian signs and yield to all pedestrians.
  • Stop for approaching school buses.
  • Pull to the side of the road for emergency vehicles.
  • Use arm signals to indicate turns and stops.
  • Try to ride single file.
  • Use of bike-only lanes is not the law, but try to use them when possible.

Drivers:

No, bicyclists are not worth 10 points a piece, as the popular saying goes. Driving on narrow or congested roads with bicyclists can be nerve wracking no matter how much an experienced driver you are. But just as cyclists need to respect and be aware of you as a driver, you need to be aware of their space and signals and respect their rights.

  • By law, Illinois motorists must give all bicyclists 3 feet of clearance.
  • Do not drive in bike-only lanes.
  • Be alert to cyclists’ arm signals and use of left turn lanes.
  • Expect cyclists to use the same rules of the road as other drivers, including two- and four-way stops.
  • Always be alert near children and young adults biking on the road and even on the sidewalk. Most bicycle-vehicle collisions involve children.

The Illinois Secretary of State offers a complete Bicycle Rules of the Road at www.cyberdriveillinois.gov/publications.

If you are ever injured in an accident in a parking lot or in a collision involving a bicycle (either as the driver or the cyclist), contact an attorney at Adler & Adler, P.C. We will help you fight for full compensation.

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Chicago, IL 60602
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