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Bicycle Accident Attorney Indianapolis

In cities like Indianapolis, biking in the downtown area is often a faster and cheaper way to travel than driving a car. Places for Bikes ranked Indianapolis #52 out of 484 cities, for best place for biking. The ranking system considers factors like traffic injury statistics, details on bike commuting, bike specific infrastructure investments, etc. With the increasing popularity of bicycles, drivers and cyclists need to be aware of each other.

Cyclists should be aware of their responsibilities and dangers when riding. Open bike lanes allow bicycles to cruise past congestion and offer shorter travel time. Bicycles ridden on the road are subject to similar traffic laws as motor vehicles; follow traffics signals and signs, yield to pedestrians, and avoid unsafe lane changes. Cyclists are in a vulnerable position, surrounded by faster, metal vehicles. Indiana does not require, but suggests cyclists wear protective head gear when riding.

Drivers have a lot to be aware of while operating their motor vehicle, like e-scooters, bicycles, and pedestrians. Driving distracted creates additional dangers for others and increases the risk of accidents. Drivers are responsible for yielding to bicycles, staying out of the bike lane, and keeping a 3-foot distance from bicycles while passing.

Bicycle vs. Motor vehicle

Liability in these types of accidents usually follows the same standard as car accidents, negligence. Typically, if a driver or cyclist commits a traffic violation which results in injuries to others, they are considered negligent. A majority of states follow comparative negligence systems, which allocates a percentage of fault to each party. If both parties are negligent, a plaintiff can only recover for their injuries if they are less than 50% at fault.

To prevent injuries and protect themselves from liability, it is important that both cyclist and drivers follow the law. Distracted driving is a leading cause to accidents and can happen to anyone. While on his phone, a Missouri police officer struck a man on a bicycle. The officer was suspended after the accident and the cyclist sustained only minor injuries. Though had the officer been traveling as fast as most vehicles do in downtown Indianapolis, the injuries could have been more serious.

 

 

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney