Fort Wayne Bicycle Accident Lawyer
We can demand the money you deserve for your injury claim
Many people ride bicycles in Indiana for fun or as a healthy way to get around town. Unfortunately, cyclists sometimes sustain serious injuries in accidents caused by drivers who don’t share the road and hit them.
If you or a loved one was injured in a cycling accident caused by a motorist, you have legal rights. That’s why it’s important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible who’s familiar with Indiana’s legal system and bicycle accident claims involving car accidents.
Our dedicated legal team at Glaser & Ebbs can help you every step of the way. We know what to do because we have more 100 years of combined legal experience. That’s why many injured cyclists in Fort Wayne and throughout Indiana turn to us in such situations. We know the law. We understand how the system works. We don’t back down from a tough legal fight. We rise to the challenge.
What are common causes of bicycle accidents?
Bicycle accidents caused by motorists often occur because the driver was doing something they should not have been doing on the road. Examples of reckless or negligent behavior that frequently result in a cycling accident include:
- Reckless drivers who do not share the road with bicyclists riding on the side of the road
- Distracted drivers, particularly texting drivers, who veer off the road without looking and hit a cyclist legally riding on the side of the road
- Speeding drivers who can’t stop in time to avoid hitting a cyclist, especially near intersections and on curves or tight corners on rural roads
- Tired drivers who drift off or completely fall asleep at the wheel, crashing full speed into a cyclist on the road
Whatever the cause of your bicycle accident, if another driver is to blame, make sure you act right away to hold them responsible for your injuries. Contact an experienced attorney who can thoroughly investigate your accident and build the strongest possible legal case.
Who can injured cyclists sue?
In many cases, injured cyclists decide to file a lawsuit seeking damages (financial compensation) for their accident-related expenses. This is especially true in Indiana, which has a fault-based insurance system. That means the at-fault party is responsible for compensating anyone that was harmed in an accident caused by them. Often, the at-fault party in cases involving an injured cyclist is:
- The driver who caused your bicycle accident
- The at-fault driver’s insurance company
It’s also important to understand that you only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit after your bicycle accident in Indiana. Specifically, you only have two years from the date of your crash to initiate legal proceeds. If you miss that deadline, you could miss out on your only opportunity to obtain all the compensation you deserve for your accident.
How much is my claim worth?
The total value of your claim should be equal to all your accident-related expenses. This includes all past, current and anticipated expenses related to your accident. Such expenses often add up to thousands of dollars or significantly more.
For example, if you cannot work due to severe injuries or a permanent disability, you should receive money to make up for loss of earnings and lost future income. Some of the other expenses you should be compensated for may also include:
- Emergency medical care
- Surgical procedures
- Physical therapy
- Follow-up surgery
- In-home medical care
- Modifications to your home if you have a permanent disability
The at-fault driver’s insurance company will likely contact you soon after your bicycle crash. They may want to simply ask you a few questions. Or they may take a very aggressive tone, claiming you were somehow to blame. Either way, they’re often simply looking for information they can use to reduce or deny your claim.
You do not have to talk to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Simply tell them to direct all their questions to your lawyer. Don’t let them dictate what happens. Take back control. Put the power of an experienced attorney to work for you.
Demand justice for your bicycle accident. Contact us.
Experience matters when it comes to choosing a lawyer to represent you after a serious bicycle accident. That’s why many injured cyclists choose our firm to handle their case. We won’t waste a second once we start working on your injury claim. We’ll get right to work and focus on the finding the strongest evidence in support of a claim.
Many insurance companies agree to cooperate with us and negotiate a fair settlement offer in good faith. When they don’t, we won’t hesitate to file a lawsuit or take other legal action against them on your behalf.
Discover what we can do for you. Contact our law firm and schedule a free consultation with a lawyer who will fight for you after your bicycle accident. We have offices in Fort Wayne and other locations located throughout Indiana. We can also meet with you in your home, your hospital room or wherever’s convenient for you.