Indiana Attorneys Seek Compensation for Bicycle Accidents
Experienced trial lawyers handle fractures, head and spine injuries, and wrongful death
People who ride bicycles for recreation or transportation benefit from the ease of movement but pay a hefty price when things go wrong. Cyclists are extremely vulnerable to contact with moving vehicles and secondary impacts from fixed objects and hard surfaces. If you've suffered a serious injury in a bicycle accident, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical care, lost income, physical pain and emotional suffering. For more than 30 years, Marshall P. Whalley & Associates, PC has helped severely injured parties obtain full, fair compensation for their injuries. We're prepared to help you recover for a variety of injuries, including:
Common causes of bicycle accidents in Indiana
Bicyclists have the right to share the road, but motorists and conditions don't always oblige. Common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Inattentive motorists — Many drivers don't look out for cyclists even when they're driving adjacent to a bike lane. Right-hand turns through a bike lane are especially dangerous for cyclists.
- Careless pedestrians — Pedestrians who dart out into the street may force bikes to swerve to avoid contact. This can cause a worse collision with a vehicle or fixed object.
- Road conditions — Potholes, debris and even wet leaves can create hazards for cyclists.
- Cyclist error — Bike riders are required to follow the rules of the road. Blowing through stop signs and turning without using hand signals can easily cause an accident.
- Defective equipment — When bike parts fail to function at a crucial moment or helmets do not perform to specifications, cyclists can be seriously injured.
Whether the cause of your accident is negligence or products liability, Marshall P. Whalley & Associates has the knowledge and resources to move your case toward a successful conclusion.
Why liability matters in bicycle accident cases
As with automobile accidents, you must prove that someone beside yourself is responsible for your bicycle accident to collect any compensation for your injuries. Indiana has a contributory fault law that limits your compensation if you share some responsibility for your injuries and bars recovery altogether if you were more than 50 percent to blame.
Contact our bicycle accident lawyers about your serious injury or wrongful death case
If you or a loved one suffered a devastating bicycle accident, Marshall P. Whalley & Associates, PC is fully committed to helping you maximize your recovery. For a free consultation and case evaluation, call 219.769.2900 or contact our Crown Point office online.