William W. Hurst
Law Office of William W. Hurst, LLC
50 S. Meridian St., Suite 600, Indianapolis, IN 46204
If you take a stroll along the Cultural Trail downtown and throw a stone, odds are you’re going to hit a bicyclist. That’s because cyclists are seemingly everywhere in Indianapolis now—especially in population dense areas like Broad Ripple and downtown. But it hasn’t always been this way—Indy has historically lagged behind other comparable cities in “bikeability.” It had less bike lanes, less bike riders, and less bike access. That’s changed in recent years. In fact, as reported in the Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis has just been named “most improved” bike friendly city by the travel and lifestyle website RewardExpert.com.
With the advent of the Pacers bike share program and a concerted effort to improve bike lane and trail access, Indianapolis is in the early stages of a cycling renaissance. Unfortunately, with more cyclists on the road, Indy is likely to see an increase in cycling-related accidents. In 2015, approximately 45,000 cyclists were injured in collisions with automobiles, and more than 800 were killed. If you’re planning on entertaining your inner Lance Armstrong, here’s what you need to know about safety, the law, and your rights:
Cycling is not only fun, it saves money and is a great way to stay in shape. The odds that you will be struck by a vehicle while riding your bike are very low, but it can happen. In the unfortunately event that it does, it is important to contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer right away. To best protect your rights, it is likely that pictures of the scene will have to be taken, statements will have to be recorded, medical records will have to be reviewed, and the list goes on. Only an experienced personal injury attorney will know how to guide you through that process so that you can focus on healing and getting back on the streets.
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