West Lafayette has worked to create a safe and welcoming environment for bicyclists. With over 30 miles of paved trails and bicycle routes, West Lafayette was even named a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. However, even the most bicycle-friendly areas have risks, and accidents can happen whenever you ride a bike.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a bicycle accident, you can pursue compensation for your losses. The West Lafayette bicycle accident lawyers at Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers are here to help. We will do everything possible to secure financial recovery for your losses.
Our Injury Attorneys Advocate for Injured Claimants
For the past 20 years, our attorneys have successfully represented injured claimants throughout the Midwest. Since 1993, we have helped thousands of Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio accident victims obtain more than $2 billion in settlements.
At Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers, we understand the toll that severe bicycle accident injuries can take on your health, livelihood, and well-being. We will work closely with you to handle the red tape, correspondence, and other legal aspects of your claim, so you can focus on healing your mind and body.
You can trust our team to:
Pursue Compensation for Your Injury-Related Losses
If you were in a bicycle accident due to someone’s negligent actions, you can seek compensation. Financial recovery can encompass your economic and non-economic losses, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Hospital and medical costs
- Medical equipment and medications
- Lost income
- Reduced income potential
- Reduced quality of life
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Physical and psychological therapy
Depending on your situation, you could seek additional losses. For instance, if you lost a loved one, you could recover the cost of their funeral and burial.
File Your Case Within the Appropriate Legal Deadline
IC § 34-11-2-4 places a two-year limit for personal injury lawsuits. Different circumstances can affect the amount of time you have to file. Yet, in many situations, the statute of limitations depends on the date of your accident.
When our team evaluates your case, we’ll determine its filing deadline. Then, if we must file a lawsuit to recover what you need, we’ll file all paperwork before the deadline expires.
Determine Fault and Liability for Your Collision
Per IC § 34-51-2-6, Indiana operates on a modified comparative fault system. That means your settlement’s value depends on your role in the collision. For instance, if you were 20 percent at fault for the accident, and your damages cost $1 million, you could only pursue $800,000 under the law.
A bicycle accident attorney familiar with Indiana’s laws will know how to build a claim that maximizes your potential settlement.
Manage Everything Your Case Requires
Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers knows how difficult it can be to recover physically, emotionally, and financially from a bicycle accident. Our lawyers will manage every step of the legal process, such as:
- Obtaining evidence
- Determining fault
- Establishing your claim’s value
- Seeking witness statements and expert testimony
- Negotiating with insurance adjusters and opposing counsel
- Pursuing your case in court, if needed
No matter how complicated your claim, our West Lafayette personal injury attorneys will diligently pursue justice and fair compensation on your behalf. We are not afraid to confront aggressive insurance carriers, and we will do everything in our power to hold the responsible parties accountable for your losses.
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accidents lawyer serving West Lafayette, call 800-333-9999
Frequently Asked Questions About Bicycle Accidents in Indiana
Some questions we frequently get from injured claimants include:
What Rights Do Bicyclists Have in West Lafayette?
West Lafayette, IN, takes bicycle safety seriously. To protect riders, they have established Ordinance No. 13-19, which is designed specifically to protect bicycle riders on the roads, sidewalks, and trails in the community.
Some notable protections unique to West Lafayette include:
- Motor vehicle operators must watch for traffic, bicyclists, and pedestrians before opening a door when parked on the side of a highway, street, or alley.
- A car door cannot remain open for an extended period if it interferes with the flow of traffic, pedestrians, or bicycles.
- Bicyclists should keep as far right as possible on the roadway, but they are not expected to ride through hazards or obstacles.
- Vehicles are not permitted to park in a way that blocks traffic, bicycle lanes, bike tracks, or multi-use paths.
If someone violates these ordinances, they can face heavy fines. If their actions harm another person, they can bear liability for any resulting damages.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
While some lawyers charge hourly rates and retainers, we don’t. Our law firm works on a contingency-fee basis. This means we don’t charge any fees or costs unless we settle your case.
We can start building your case at no cost to you. We will also finance each of your case’s obligations (such as its consulting costs). We want to limit your financial burden in every way possible.
What Injuries Allow Me To Seek Damages?
If you suffered harm in a bicycle accident, and you required medical attention, you can seek damages. Previously, we’ve advocated for people suffering from:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Strains and sprains
- Torn ligaments
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord trauma
- Organ damage
We also advocate for wrongful death claimants.
Who Should Pay for My Losses?
Liability for your losses depends on who caused your collision. For instance, if you were struck by a distracted driver, you could pursue damages from their insurance company. All motorists in Indiana must carry liability coverage, per the Indiana Department of Insurance.
Matters change if your accident resulted from hazardous roadway conditions. In that instance, you could pursue damages from a government organization.
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At Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers, we will advocate for you, whether in or out of court. Call us today to begin your free case review.