Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Attorneys helping the injured throughout Indiana
Bicycles are common on the streets of cities and rural communities throughout Indiana. Bicycling can be safe when drivers operate their vehicles responsibly on the road. But a single act of negligence can result in a collision that can leave a bicyclist seriously hurt. The bicycle accident attorneys at Vaughan & Vaughan hold negligent drivers responsible after a car crash.
Bicyclists hit by a car often suffer serious injuries because they have very little protection. Even if they are not struck directly by a motor vehicle, they can be thrown from their bike onto the ground. A bicycle crash can leave them with broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, leg injuries, internal injuries or bruising.
Even less serious cycling injuries can require months of recovery and extensive medical treatment. Medical expenses can become overwhelming, especially if injuries prevent you from working. When a car crashes into a bicycle, establishing liability and recovering financial compensation should be simple. But it doesn't always work that way.
Our bicycle accident lawyers hold drivers responsible
Drivers often deny responsibility for the accident. And in some cases, the accident may be a hit and run, leaving the driver unidentified. Insurance companies are always looking for ways to limit the amount of compensation they pay, and may question the extent of your injuries. They may even try to blame you for causing the accident.
That's why you need an experienced attorney on your side who knows the issues that often come up with bicycle accidents. We have been helping the injured in Indiana since 1913. And our goal remains the same - to get the best possible outcome for our clients, whether through a negotiated settlement or jury verdict.
Bicycle accidents are often caused by drivers who were distracted, speeding, driving recklessly or driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. But proving that a driver was negligent can be difficult. Our experienced attorneys know what it takes to hold negligent drivers accountable.
Types of bicycle accidents
There are many different types of accidents that can leave bicyclists injured. They include:
- Dooring accidents – A bicyclist is traveling down the road past parked cars when the driver of one car swings the door open directly into the bicycle’s path.
- Left hook crashes – This happens when the driver of a car or other vehicle takes a left turn at an intersection without checking for oncoming bicyclists first.
- Right hook crashes – In this type of accident, the driver of a car passes a bicycle, then makes a sudden right turn, leaving the bicyclist unable to stop in time to prevent a crash.
- Sideswipe accidents – A car veers into a bike lane or too close to the road, hitting a bicyclist with the side of the vehicle.
- Forced off the road – A car that gets too close to a bicyclist can force a bicyclist off the road and onto the pavement, or sometimes down an embankment.
If you were hit by a car on your bike, you may have been treated at a medical facility for leg pain, chest pain or other injuries. You may still be trying to process everything and are wondering what your options are. It’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible. Our law firm is ready to help.
Fighting for your rights
We know how to gather evidence about your accident, including police reports and medical records. In addition, we regularly look for and interview witnesses who can tell us what happened. If needed, we consult with accident reconstruction experts. We get the facts to build the strongest possible case - one the insurance company can't ignore.
In addition, we determine the true amount of damages you have suffered. This includes all medical expenses related to your injuries - both now and for future care. It includes any lost wages you suffered because you couldn't work. And it may include other damages, such as pain and suffering, disability and loss of enjoyment of life.
Insurance companies know us. They know we have a reputation for getting results. Many times, they are willing to sit down to work out a settlement. But if they won't agree to a settlement that meets your needs, that's not good enough. We have won many significant awards for clients in court. We are ready to fight for you.