Whether you ride a bicycle for leisure or as a method of transportation, the truth is that cycling can be dangerous. Common bicycle accident injuries may include cuts, scrapes, bruises, broken bones, dislocations, concussions and other traumatic injuries to the head or neck, sprains and strains, and much more.
Bicycle accidents can have emotional effects, too. Victims could suffer from memory loss, anxiety, depression, and experience other psychological effects following an accident. Few things are more important than your health. If you were involved in a bicycle accident you could have legal options to pursue compensation.
The Consequences of a Bicycle Accident
The aftermath of your bicycle accident can prove to be a very difficult time for you and your loved ones. You could experience several negative changes to your daily life, impacting you physically, emotionally, and financially.
Physical injuries can impact your enjoyment of life and can linger for a long time. In serious cases, your physical injuries could rob you of your independence and could require medical care for months or years to come.
For example, those dealing with traumatic brain injuries could require surgery in the immediate aftermath of a bike accident. Then, they may need months of physical therapy and other forms of rehabilitation. (Mayo Clinic)
When you think of a bicycle accident, you probably consider physical injuries, but the emotional effects of a traumatic event are sometimes overlooked. Living through a traumatic experience can be jarring for your nervous system, and it is not uncommon to feel the aftermath in the form of anxiety, depression, and more. Depending on the severity of your emotional effects, you could even require counseling, therapy, or medication to manage your symptoms.
The financial repercussions of your bicycle accident could come in the form of property damage, lost wages if you miss work, expensive medical bills, and more.
Experiencing common bicycle accident injuries and other forms of suffering can dramatically impact the lives of victims. If you were involved in an accident, you do have legal options. Depending on your case, you could even be eligible for financial compensation.
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Legal Options for Bicycle Accident Victims
If you were the victim of a bicycle accident, one way to pursue justice is by filing a personal injury claim. If you suffered as a result of your accident and you are able to prove another party was at fault, you could recover various forms of compensation.
Potential compensation could include damages for emotional suffering, reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages if your employment status changed, and much more.
Nothing can make up for your suffering, but financial compensation can help make life easier following a bicycle accident.
Why Hiring Legal Representation Could Be Beneficial
Hiring a bicycle accident lawyer to help with a personal injury case can prove beneficial. A legal team with experience handling bicycle accident cases can help organize your case, answer your questions, explain every step of filing a claim, offer general support, assist with paperwork, and more.
Determining At-Fault Parties
An important consideration in bicycle accident cases is who was liable in an accident. If a third party was even partially liable in any way, you could have a case. It could be necessary to legally prove liability through witness statements, police reports, surveillance footage, and more.
A lawyer can help you better organize the details of your case so you can prove third-party liability if you choose to file a claim.
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Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
It is not unusual to see plenty of cyclists on the road in both urban and rural areas of Indiana. Unfortunately, bike accidents happen more frequently than you might expect. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 800 cyclists are killed annually across the United States, with thousands more injured.
If you suffered from a bicycle accident, these forms of driver negligence could have led to your crash:
- Drunk or intoxicated driving
- Failure to stop at red lights, stop signs, or other breaches of traffic law
- Distracted driving, including the use of cell phones, technological devices, or other behavior taking attention away from the road
- Hazardous weather conditions potentially affecting visibility
- Mechanical failures, including both improperly functioning bicycles and motor vehicles
If a third party was at fault for your accident, you could potentially file a personal injury claim. A lawyer can gather evidence to prove the other party’s negligence.
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Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases
In the state of Indiana, the statute of limitations in personal injury cases like bicycle accidents is two years, per IC § 34-11-2-4. If you are considering filing a personal injury claim, you could have a limited amount of time to do so based on Indiana state law. A lawyer can help you figure out exactly how long you have to act.
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If you were the victim of a bicycle accident and are interested in learning more about your options, our team at Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. is available to help. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.