If you or someone you love suffered injuries while riding a bicycle, our Greenwood, IN, personal injury lawyer will help you recover compensation. Let us help you the way we have helped many others in your position.
At Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., our focus is 100 percent on personal injury law. We do not dabble in a variety of practice areas; we put all our efforts into being the best we can when fighting for injured claimants’ rights. We will never charge you a fee unless we win money for you.
Our Firm Seeks the Compensation You Deserve
The Greenwood, IN, bicycle accident injury lawyers at Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. fight for every dollar you deserve. This includes both economic damages, meaning those involving actual financial losses, and non-economic damages, which refer to losses that cannot be quantified in dollar terms.
Our attorneys will seek a settlement or award that includes money for the following and more:
We will pursue the responsible party and their insurer for the full cost of your medical bills, including both current and anticipated future care costs.
If you have missed work because of your injury, we will seek the equivalent of your lost wages. We will also include the cost of lost tips, commissions, and bonuses in your claim’s overall value.
Reduced Future Earning Capacity
We will pursue damages to make up the difference between what you can earn going forward versus what you could have made before you got hurt.
Pain and Suffering and Inconvenience
We will examine the extent of your injuries to determine the value of your physical pain and emotional suffering.
Wrongful Death-Related Losses
If you are filing on behalf of a decedent, compensation in this case could comprise:
- Funeral expenses
- Hospital bills
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of parental guidance
- Loss of income
Depending on the nature of your bicycle accident in Greenwood, we could seek other losses than those listed here.
How Bicycle Accidents Happen in Indiana
Bicycles and vehicles can share roads safely when both parties drive carefully and obey the rules of the road. When one party fails to do so, dangerous accidents can occur that jeopardize the safety of the occupants of both vehicles.
Common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- The vehicle driver fails to yield to the bicyclist
- The driver fails to see the bicyclist in traffic
- The driver turns without stopping or observing
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- The driver passes the bicycle too closely
Not every accident is caused by a negligent driver. Additional causes can include road conditions, inclement weather, and bicyclist error. Our legal team will work with you to identify the cause of your accident and the appropriate party to pursue for monetary compensation.
Indiana Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research, there were 809 bicycle accidents and 16 that resulted in fatalities. Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, bicycle accident injuries and fatalities cost approximately $23 billion each year in:
- Medical bills
- Lost productivity
- Long-term care
Our bicycle accident lawyer helps clients in Greenwood seek compensation for these costs. We do not interfere with your recovery by taxing you with evidence collection. Our team will gather and organize the records, reports, documents, photos, and other evidence that prove the extent of your injuries and the costs it will take for you to reach maximum medical improvement.
Commonly Reported Bicycle Accident Injuries
A collision between your bicycle and a motor vehicle can leave you with serious, possibly life-changing, injuries. When these injuries result in significant financial damages, we help you recover them from the at-fault driver or their insurer.
As a bicyclist, you do not have the safety and protective features the occupants of the vehicle have, which can lead to significant injuries, including:
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Dental damage
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back and spine injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Facial injuries and scaring
You do not have to document your injuries, prove their severity, or fight for compensation on your own. Our law firm is dedicated to one area of law — personal injury law — because it lets us focus on recovering damages that let injured clients start rebuilding their lives.
Leave Evidence Collection to Our Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Collecting compelling evidence is an important part of your case since most personal injury cases are settled without the time and expense of a trial once evidence of liability is presented.
We handle evidence collection for you, which includes obtaining and organizing your:
- Medical records and bills
- Therapy and rehab records and bills
- Official car accident report
- Statements from available witnesses
- Accident scene photos and videos
We understand how frustrating it can be to collect the plethora of evidence your bicycle accident case needs when you represent yourself against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. When we represent you, we deal directly with the insurance company so you can focus on your recovery.
No Legal Fees Unless You Win
Attorneys have a reputation in society for being expensive – but that’s not the case with our firm.
When you work with a bicycle accident lawyer in Greenwood, IN, from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., you never have to pay us out of pocket, and we do not collect a fee until we win money for you. That means there is no financial risk in working with us. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
You Generally Have Two Years to Pursue Compensation in Civil Court
In Indiana, most injury victims have a two-year window to file a lawsuit, per IC § 34-11-2-4. However, this timeline can vary based on a number of factors. It is a good idea to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your injury so that you can be aware of any looming deadlines that apply to your situation.
We Can Take Legal Action That Benefits Your Case
In general, you have two options for pursuing compensation following a bicycle accident. You could:
File an Insurance Claim
By filing a claim against the responsible party’s insurer, you can see to it that they foot the bill for your injuries––not you. To aid your insurance claim, we can:
- Identify the liable policy
- Include your losses in a demand letter
- Negotiate a settlement
- Manage all necessary emails, phone calls, and meetings
- Recognize and protect you against bad faith insurance practices
Most cases are resolved through out-of-court negotiations, per the American Bar Association (ABA). However, if the insurer doesn’t play by the rules, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit.
Present Your Case in Civil Court
If your case makes it to court, we will manage all courtroom protocol on your behalf. We will also:
- Represent your interests
- Demonstrate the four tenets of negligence
- Call on witnesses to testify on your behalf
- Consult with field experts, like accident reconstruction specialists
- Review how state laws apply to your case
While we advocate for compensation in court, we will continue negotiating with the insurer. If they decide to present a fair offer, we will drop your case and accept the money. We won’t do so without your consent, however.
The Challenges of Handling a Case Without Representation
When you attempt to pursue a bicycle injury claim pro se, meaning without a lawyer, you could face a number of steep challenges, including:
The Other Party May Get Legal Help
Without legal aid, you are on your own when it comes to navigating Indiana’s highly complex liability laws. Even worse, the other party will probably secure legal representation. Taking them on without your own attorney is the equivalent of an amateur stepping into a boxing ring with a professional fighter.
You can rest assured that the defense’s representatives will use their arsenal of knowledge, experience, and resources to hinder your case. Going at it alone can be challenging; let our team handle your legal matters.
You May Not Understand Indiana Personal Injury Law
An experienced attorney understands the laws at play and can craft a compelling case on your behalf. Our bicycle accident team can analyze:
- How Indiana’s comparative negligence laws apply to you
- How long you have to act under the statute of limitations
- What goes into proving negligence
- What evidence is admissible in your case
- How criminal negligence may have played a role
While you focus on your well-being, we’ll focus on recovering your damages.
You May Not Understand What to Do After Getting Hurt
Without a lawyer, you risk navigating the legal process blind. Numerous steps could promote or hinder the progression of your case. Our firm can provide insight into whether you should:
- Give a recorded statement
- Accept the first settlement offer
- Discontinue medical treatment
- Give extra information directly to the insurance representative
We will explain your options and give you advice on how to proceed.
Our Results Speak to Our Commitment and Success
Here are just some of our successes:
- We recovered a high six-figure settlement for a 56-year-old man hit by a car while riding his bicycle. We made a confidential agreement with the liable insurer.
- We won a six-figure settlement at mediation for our 55-year-old client who suffered permanent injuries after being struck on his bicycle.
- We secured a six-figure settlement for our client who suffered injuries as a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle.
Let us go to work for you. We are determined to settle your case.
Connect with Sevenish Law Firm, P.C.
At Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., our Greenwood, IN, bicycle accident injury attorneys have helped many clients win full and fair compensation for their injuries. No one will work harder to pursue what you deserve. We stay ahead of the curve when it comes to any changes in state law, and we will negotiate with insurers to recover your losses. To get started, call us today at (317) 636-7777.