At The Law Offices of David W. Holub, we help people who have been injured while riding a bicycle. Bicyclists are frequently clipped from behind or the side by an inattentive driver who fails to safely pass or slow down for the cyclist. Bicyclists can suffer injuries because of their open exposure to high-speed vehicles around them, and often, such injuries can be serious.

Though cyclists have the same legal protections on the road as cars and trucks, it is helpful to have a personal injury attorney with experience to make clear to jurors that drivers who are careless around bicycles should be held to account for their wrongful conduct.

Like other accident victims, bicyclists who are injured in a collision should seek representation from an attorney who will advocate for their legal rights. Our firm is experienced in handling bicycle accident cases.

Typical Causes of a Bike Wreck

Some of the most common scenarios where bicycle crashes happen include:

  • Distracted drivers, such as talking to passengers or using a smartphone for phone calls, texting, or scrolling on the internet
  • Door accidents when a driver or passenger opens a door without checking behind them for oncoming cyclists
  • Vehicles following bikes too closely
  • Vehicles turning left or misjudging cyclist’s speed
  • Drivers failing to give the right-of-way to bikers
  • Drivers failing to see a cyclist riding in their blind spot

After reviewing a case, a Merrillville bicycle collision attorney could answer questions about the essential evidence to prove fault and possible settlements.

Cyclist Injuries

Injuries that cyclists can sustain in wrecks include broken bones, crush injuries, amputated limbs, spinal cord damage, and traumatic brain injuries, especially when not wearing a helmet. It is also common for them to suffer severe facial and dental damage when their faces impact the vehicle during the crash.

Recoverable Damages

Compensation for damages and losses in bicycle injuries are based on the case specifics. When riders suffer serious bodily harm, the settlement amount can be substantial. Some examples of recoverable damages include:

  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Lost wages, benefits, and earning potential
  • Medical expenses, including the emergency room, ambulance fee, surgeries, prescriptions, equipment, and ongoing doctor appointments
  • Pain and suffering as a result of the accident
  • Emotional distress and trauma
  • Loss of consortium

The civil court generally awards compensation for economic losses, which the plaintiff must pay out of pocket, such as medical bills, and non-economic damages, which are more subjective, such as emotional distress.

Bicycle Safety Rules and Regulations

In Indiana, both children and adult bicyclists must follow the rules of the road that automobiles follow, and bikes must be equipped with certain types of lights and audible warning devices.

According to the Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA), those riding bicycles after sunset or before sunrise must ensure their bike has the necessary equipment. This includes a white light on the front and rear of the bicycle, and red reflectors that other motorists can see for at least 500 feet.

Upon approaching intersections controlled by traffic lights, bikers may proceed through red lights after stopping for at least two minutes. In addition, they must always exercise prudent caution and adhere to the laws. Those who fail to comply are subject to a Class C infraction. A Merrillville bicycle crash lawyer could review the rules and answer questions during an initial consultation.

Meet With a Bicycle Collision Attorney in Merrillville Today

Cyclists are more vulnerable to sustaining severe bodily harm when a vehicle strikes them due to having little protection from the forceful impact. They commonly sustain serious injuries, sometimes causing permanent disabilities.

Civil laws provide a system for collecting damage from the liable party when you suffer bodily injuries and other losses because of a driver’s thoughtless actions. Call a seasoned Merrillville bicycle accident lawyer today to discuss your case and schedule a consultation.

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