Google Reviews
Illinois State Bar Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice
Avvo Rating Top Attorney Immigration
The National Trial Lawyers
American Immigration Lawyers Association

Bike Messenger Injury Accidents

The Chicago Attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer P.C. have decades of experience representing victims in a diverse range of bicycle accidents cases involving serious injury or fatality. In recent years, we have noticed a significant increase in collisions involving bike messengers.

Whether you are a commuter or recreational enthusiast, bicycling in the city is dangerous in and of itself. Now, imagine if bicycling was the primary duty required under your job description. Bike messengers, also referred to as bike couriers, are persons that make deliveries on behalf of bike messenger services. Pursuant to Chicago’s Municipal Code, section 4-168-010:

“Bicycle messenger services” means the delivery by bicycle for hire of packages, parcels, food, papers or any other items on behalf of any commercial, industrial, governmental, charitable or other enterprise.

Consider the risks of persons that bike as a profession, in comparison to those that bicycle for personal reasons. Bike Messengers typically use a wider range of roadway types in reaching particular destinations, and often time must travel off designated bike lanes and routes that are intended specifically for bicyclists. Further, bike messengers generally encounter more alleyways and driveways, and must also cross over more intersections, some of which have no signal or crosswalk.

As a consequence of frequent road use, bike messengers are exposed to many more motorists, thereby increasing the risk of accident, injury, or fatality, caused as a result of coming into contact with persons that travel in an irresponsible, unreasonable, careless, negligent, reckless and/or unlawful manner. According to, “with 47 lost-workday injuries per 100 workers, bicycle messengers have the highest rate of injuries of any reported job.”

Common motorist-related causes of bike messenger accidents include moving violations, such as running a red light, speeding, or failing to yield the right of way; suddenly stopping in a manner that causes the bicyclist to collide with the rear of a vehicle, person, or object; and non-moving violations, such as dooring incidents, or obstructing a bike lane by parking unlawfully.

In addition to bicycling-specific risks, bike messengers are also more frequently exposed to the same risk factors faced by all types of road users, whether automobile driver, pedestrian, or motorcyclist, such as:

Given the frequency in travel and resulting exposure to roadways and motorists, it is quite simple to see the dangers of bike delivery. However, it is also important to remember that timeliness and efficiency are essential components of messenger, delivery, and courier services. These persons must take sufficient measures to ensure their safety and avoid accident or injury, while also meeting delivery requirements.

In recognition of the increasing numbers of bike messenger accidents, Illinois enacted 625 ILCS 5/11-1515 which require person, firms, or corporations, that use bicycles in the operation of commercial messenger services in cities populated by more than 2 million residents, to carry liability insurance. Chicago, having 2.7 million residents, has gone a step further by increasing state law minimums for bodily injury and property damage liability coverages for certain bicycle messengers that operate within the central business district area.

If you or a family member were the victim of bike messenger accident, it is imperative that you discuss the matter with an attorney that has prior experience in handling this specific type of case. In addition to provisions under state and local law, our team of bicycle injury lawyers will explain your legal rights and entitlement to compensation from each applicable source, whether involving worker’s compensation; auto insurance coverage; bike messenger liability insurance coverage; or a private claim against an individual or entity.

To schedule your FREE personal injury consultation, contact the Chicago Bicycle Accident Attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. at 773-516-4100, or online at our website.

Client Reviews
Someone rear-ended my car last spring and I was injured. Peter and Sofia Zneimer and they staff were professional and were always available by phone. I knew that the insurance of the other driver wasn't very good but they were still able to settle my case promptly and I was satisfied with the money I received. Overall, a very good trusted experience. Natig M.
I highly recommend the services of Zneimer and Zneimer. I often seek legal advice from them related to my immigration status and way forward. Both Sofia and Peter are very detailed and quick in answering any question. I laud their professionalism and a very efficient team that works for them. Suman S.
I totally recommend Sofia, she is the best lawyer in Chicago area. She is very professional, very detailed with her work and supportive. She always goes above and beyond to ensure the best outcome. Caring, compassionate and only the best for your family. I won my case because of her professionalism and her knowledge of the law. Aurel P.
I have dealt with Sofia Zneimer since 2009. She is a great lawyer and has helped me tremendously in navigating the process of green card. She is a great resource to have by your side. She is easy to reach. She responds very quickly, which was very important for me. If she can’t answer the question the same day, she does let you know that she is working on it. I would have no hesitation in recruiting her. Hemant S.
I called Zneimer & Zneimer after I was rear-ended on the highway. Peter and Sofia Zneimer have been very helpful in dealing with the insurance company and getting money for my car damage. They are also handling my injury case. They answer all my questions and I am always able to reach them on the phone anytime I want to talk to them. I am confident in having them represent me. The best choice i ever made. Thank you! Emil G.