Bicycle Accidents

Have you been injured in a bicycle accident?

• In 2011, 677 pedalcyclists were killed and an additional 48,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.

• Pedalcyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities, and made up 2 percent of the people injured in traffic crashes during the year.

• The number of pedalcyclists killed in 2011 is 9 percent higher than the 623 pedalcyclists killed in 2010.

(Source: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811743.pdf)

Bicyclists involved in a collision with a vehicle are typically more serious, mostly because bicyclists are unprotected.

Bicyclists have a legal right to be on the streets.  Failure to provide for their right of way can result in legal responsibility to the motorist. Even if you did not collide with a vehicle but sustained injuries while trying to avoid a collision, you may have a case due to the driver’s negligence or recklessness.

Although many accidents involve a vehicle, other bicycling accidents can occur from hazardous road conditions or defective products.

Immediately following a bicycle accident, the insurance company will begin their investigation by obtaining recorded statements, interviewing witnesses, photographing the scene, obtaining a copy of the police report – typically within the first week of the accident.  The purpose of this investigation is to reach a quick settlement.  This may not be in your best interest.

While an insurance adjuster may be friendly and appear helpful, remember that the adjuster works for the other person’s insurance company.   Establishing the appropriate value of your claim for personal injury involves evaluating the nature and extent of the injury, the losses that are recoverable and the liability issues related to the accident.

As an accident victim myself, I know what you’re going through and that you may feel lost and unsure of whom to trust. I know it’s overwhelming — where do you even start?  Before I was an attorney, I was injured in an auto accident. My hand was broken and I had facial scarring and neck pain from the accident. It seemed natural to work with the insurance company. I thought they would keep my best interest at heart and help me. Unfortunately, I quickly learned that was not the case and I promptly hired an attorney to protect me.

Indianapolis Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Since becoming an attorney, it has been my goal to help others through this difficult process.  I have been honored to help hundreds of people just like you settle their personal injury case. From personal experience, I know that you are already concerned about lost wages, medical bills, transportation, etc. It can be devastating, but you don’t have to go through it alone. I will personally help you through this and I will NOT charge a fee until your case is settled.

Your recovery in a personal injury action can include compensation for your medical expenses, hospital bills, lost income, pain and suffering, future medical or physical therapy expenses and compensation for any lost wages resulting from the accident.  You may be entitled to other compensation for special losses.

If you’re unsure about your case, a FREE consultation can provide you with peace of mind.  Merry Fountain will personally ensure that you understand your rights, your options, and the consequences of your legal decisions before proceeding.  Merry is committed to obtaining the best possible settlement for you.