Bicycles can expose riders to dangerous elements, including unsafe road conditions and reckless drivers. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, 818 bicyclists were killed in accidents in 2015, and an estimated 45,000 people were injured in the same year.
Serious injuries can occur as a result of a car accident with a bike. In many cases, bike accidents are preventable. If the driver acted negligently, you can seek damages for your injuries. The attorneys at Golitko & Daly in Indianapolis, IN can help you focus on your recovery while we fight for your fair compensation. Learn more about bicycle accidents, and then contact our practice for more information.
Causes of Bike Accidents
Almost one-third of bicycle injuries occur as a result of a collision with a car. This can happen for various reasons, including:
- Drivers ignoring bike lanes
- Negligent driving
- Driving under the influence
- Texting and driving
- Distracted driving
What to Do after an Accident
If you are involved in a bicycle accident, you should immediately get the medical attention you need. Once your condition is stable, make sure that the appropriate police reports have been filed.
Although the insurance company of the other driver may try to settle your claim, we encourage you to seek legal representation to pursue the greatest amount of compensation for your losses. If you suffered a catastrophic injury, you could be entitled to compensation for loss of income, pain, suffering, and psychological trauma caused by the accident.
We can help you gather witnesses and evidence that establish the liability of the other party and lead to favorable outcomes for you.
When you are on a bike, you are more prone to injuries because you lack the protection of a vehicle. Although measures such as helmets can reduce your risk of life-threatening injuries, you can still suffer life-changing injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Loss of limbs
- Broken bones
These injuries are considered catastrophic because they can have lifelong effects on your quality of life and ability to work. Along with medical bills, you may be responsible for arranging rehabilitation, live-in care, or funeral expenses following the wrongful death of a loved one.
Why You Need A Lawyer
We understand the importance of your recovery. An attorney can represent your interests in settlement or in court to ensure that you have fair and full compensation for your injuries. The driver who caused the accident may hire legal representation and try to prove that your acts somehow led to the accident.
We can help you gather witnesses and evidence that establish the liability of the other party and lead to favorable outcomes.
Schedule a Consultation
Other clients have entrusted us with their case and achieved favorable outcomes for their families. We will employ the use of accident reconstruction experts, doctors, and other resources to show fault on the part of the driver. Schedule your consultation today in the Indianapolis area to have your case evaluated by calling our office at (317) 566-9600 or contacting us online.