Taking care of those injured in bicycle accidents is one one of my key practice areas at Fountain Injury Law located in the Chamber of Commerce Building in downtown Indianapolis.
Far too many injuries and even deaths occur and the number keeps on rising.
Nationally, In 2012, 726 lost their lives in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes, just under two people every day of the year in the U.S. While lower than the 732 fatalities in 2001, this number represents an increase from the 682 bicyclist fatalities reported in 2011.
These numbers represent just over two percent of the total number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes in 2012.
The number of estimated bicyclist injuries climbed to 49,000 in 2012, up from 48,000 in 2011.
According to the Indiana State Police, statistics show that in Indiana accidents between motor vehicles and bicycles increased 17 percent between 2011 and 2012. .Of the 1,103 collisions that were reported, 97 cyclists received severe or permanent injuries and 14 cyclists were killed.
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.
I am also proud to be a member of the Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA). Their mission is to To Provide opportunities for bicyclists of all ages and abilities to ride their bicycles on safe, friendly, and well-organized rides; to be informed of bicycle events and related activities; to volunteer in support of CIBA and other bicycle-related organizations; and to socialize with other bicyclists.
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. I will not charge you any fee to help you settle your separate property claim for your bicycle and gear.
If you’re unsure about your case, a FREE consultation can provide you with peace of mind. I will personally ensure that you understand your rights, your options, and the consequences of your legal decisions before proceeding. I am committed to obtaining the best possible settlement for you.
If I represent you I will not charge any fee until you receive your personal injury settlement. If it is difficult to come to my office, I will meet you at your home or other location of your choosing.