Traffic laws are supposed to protect bicycle riders by reducing or preventing accidents. Unfortunately, many drivers make unsafe choices that cause collisions to occur.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a car while biking in Bloomington or surrounding areas in Indiana, the Lloyd Law Office can help. Our attorneys offer free consultations. When we represent victims or surviving family members, we charge no fees for our legal services unless you obtain compensation.
Contact us today to speak with an attorney and get answers to your questions, including:
Who is to Blame for Your Bicycle Accident Injuries?
When a bike accident happens, it is necessary to determine if the accident was the fault of the bicyclist or the driver who hit the biker.
In many cases, drivers make dangerous choices that endanger bicycle riders. Common actions drivers take that could cause bicycle crashes include:
- Passing too closely to a bike rider or passing when it is not safe
- Driving in the bicycle lane
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to a bicycle rider
- Driving while distracted and not seeing a rider
- Driving while drunk or drowsy
- Speeding, especially if the roads are slippery and/or visibility is poor.
If you are involved in a crash because of a driver taking these dangerous actions, taking risks or violating the rules of the road, the driver is likely to blame for the crash.
Bicycle riders can also make dangerous choices that lead to accidents, like riding in traffic instead of staying in a bike lane or pulling out in front of a car.
Under comparative fault rules in Indiana, a biker can obtain partial compensation even in cases where the bicyclist did something dangerous – as long as the driver was more than half to blame.
Can a Bicycle Accident Law Firm Pursue a Claim for Compensation For My Bicycle Accident Injuries?
You can pursue a claim for compensation against the driver who caused a bicycle accident that injured you or killed a loved one. It is up to you to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
If the car driver’s insurer is willing to pay a reasonable settlement, your case can be resolved without going to trial. A settlement agreement is final. It can’t be changed after you accept it. So, be sure to have a lawyer review the paperwork before you settle.
In cases where the bicycle accident was caused by a car driver who had no insurance or not enough insurance to cover the injured party’s losses, a bicyclist may be able to obtain compensation from his or her own auto insurer under uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. This policy is required in Indiana unless you formally opt out. It also covers you if you are injured in a bike accident caused by a hit-and-run driver.
How Can a Bloomington Bicycle Accident Lawyer Help Pursue a Bicycle Accident Claim?
Obtaining full compensation for your bicycle accident injuries can be challenging. This is especially true if the car driver tries to claim you were the one at fault. Having a police report from the accident scene can be very helpful in proving your case. An attorney can also compile other evidence to establish your case.
In a bicycle accident injuries verdict or settlement, you should seek compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress or wrongful death damages. At Lloyd Law Office, we will stand up for you and pursue the compensation you are entitled to under Indiana law.
Just call or contact us online today to learn more about how we can help.
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