April 10, 2014 | Blog
With the warmer spring months upon us, it is a safe bet that many people in the Indianapolis will be turning to their bicycles as a source of transportation or exercise. Bicycling has unquestionable benefits when it comes to riders’ health, is environmentally friendly, and is extremely cost-effective when compared to other forms of transportation. Unfortunately, bicycling also exposes riders to a risk of serious injury, particularly in urban areas such as Indianapolis. In fact, statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that approximately 48,000 bicyclists were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2011 alone.
Riders who are injured by negligent motorists may be able to recover compensation for their losses by filing an Indiana personal injury claim. It is extremely important, therefore, for victims of bicycle accidents to ensure that their legal rights are protected by retaining an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident occurs.
As in other personal injury matters, in order to recover victims must be able to establish that their injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. Put simply, “negligence” in this context means a departure from the level of care that we would expect from a reasonable person in a similar situation. For example, a driver who chooses to drive at speed limit during a heavy rain storm may not be breaking any laws, but may nevertheless be driving negligently and therefore liable for any injuries that occur. Some of the ways in which a driver could negligently cause a bicycle accident include the following:
There are many other ways that a bicycle accident could be the result of driver negligence, and an experienced attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and advise you as to how to proceed.
Insurance companies for the at-fault drivers try to find the bicyclist at fault. Indianapolis personal injury lawyer Merry Fountain is experienced in bicycle collisions and dedicated to helping bicyclists injured in motor vehicle accidents recover for their losses. There is no charge until you obtain your settlement for your personal injury action, and she does not charge any fee at all to settle your separate claim for your bicycle and any damaged gear or property. It is critical to obtain a consultation before giving a statement to the insurance company adjuster. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at (317) 917-7873 or fill out the online contact form available on the right side of this page.