Indianapolis Bicycle Accident Lawyer
All car crashes, even those that are considered minor, involve violent impacts and the potential for serious injury. This risk is especially heightened when cyclists are involved, as these individuals lack access to seat belts and airbags and have no barrier between themselves and the road. For these reasons, collisions between cyclists and motorists tend to have some of the most devastating consequences of any car crash, leaving victims to suffer through painful recovery, chronic pain, and in some cases, permanent disability.
These types of accidents occur much more often than most people realize with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimating that as many as 467,000 people sustain bicycle accident-related injuries every year. Fortunately, injured cyclists who can prove that their accident was the result of someone else’s negligence could be entitled to damages compensating them for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about filing this type of claim in Indiana, please contact an experienced Indianapolis bicycle accident lawyer who can advise you.
Like car accidents, motorist-cyclist collisions can occur just about anywhere and at any time. Typically, however, these kinds of accidents can be attributed to:
- A driver’s failure to obey traffic signals;
- Speeding or reckless driving;
- A driver’s failure to yield properly;
- A driver’s failure to check blind spots before changing lanes; or
- A driver’s failure to give cyclists enough space when passing.
This type of careless and avoidable conduct, while dangerous for other motorists on the road, poses a particularly high risk to cyclists who are much more likely to sustain serious injuries in the event of a collision.
While it is true that driver error is responsible for most collisions between motorists and cyclists, these are not the only individuals who can be held liable for an accident. Poor road conditions, for instance, cause thousands of bicycle accidents every year. Potholes and uneven road surfaces have proven to be especially dangerous to cyclists, as they can cause a cyclist to lose control of his or her bicycle or be thrown into traffic. Unfortunately, these types of defects are preventable and are almost always the result of long-term wear and tear, improper maintenance, inadequate inspections, and a failure to make timely repairs.
Slick road surfaces also pose a serious risk to bicyclists. Painted roadways, for example, which are often found in crosswalks, can make it harder for a cyclist’s tires to grip the asphalt, while metal surfaces, such as manhole covers and grates can cause serious injuries when they become wet. In some cases, it is the bars of grates themselves that prove dangerous, as a cyclist’s tires can become lodged between them if they are placed in the same direction as traffic. Fortunately, even when a bicycle accident is the result of road defect, injured parties can seek compensation from those responsible for the danger, which could include the city itself or a third party contractor.
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Whatever the cause of a bicycle accident, the injuries sustained are almost always serious, so if you were hurt in a bicycle accident, please contact the experienced Indianapolis bicycle accident lawyers at Keffer Hirschauer LLP by calling our office at 317-455-4043 to learn more about collecting compensation for your losses.