Indiana’s many traffic laws are designed to protect everyone who uses its roadways. That includes people in passenger vehicles as well as commercial truck drivers, bus drivers and passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians in crosswalks, and even bicyclists.
Many people choose to ride bicycles as their primary or secondary form of transportation—it’s great exercise, it’s extremely low-cost, and all you need is a bike rack and a lock for easy parking. But bicyclists face more dangers on Indiana’s roads than others do, and it’s up to both drivers and cyclists themselves to do everything in their power to reduce the risk of bicycle accidents in the Hoosier State.
When you’re behind the wheel of your vehicle, you’re probably focused primarily on looking out for other cars, trucks, and SUVs. But it’s important to be aware of everyone who shares the road with you, including bicyclists. People traveling on two wheels also have a right to the road, and their safety should be taken into consideration. Here’s how you can give it to them:
As a bicyclist, it’s important to recognize that you’re at a major disadvantage on public roadways. First, you’re on a non-engine-powered vehicle. That means you can’t accelerate or quickly swerve away from danger. Second, you have only your helmet and pads to protect you in a crash. Third, drivers may not be looking for you. With those facts in mind, following these tips can help you reduce your risks:
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we believe in sharing the road with everyone who uses it. Bicyclists have just as much right to ride on whatever roads they want, provided they’re permitted to do so legally (i.e., non-highways and interstates). And when they’re hurt in accidents that were caused by negligent drivers, we help them get compensation for their medical bills and lost wages.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a traffic accident, whether you were driving, biking, riding, or walking, we want to help you get maximum compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. Contact our Indiana personal injury lawyers today. We have the experience and track record of success you’re looking for, and we’ll put our skills to work for you from day one.
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The financial burden that often comes with a serious injury can be too much for many people to bear. Unexpected medical debt, damaged personal property, and the sudden loss of income can impact the budgets of most families. The good news is that a successful injury claim could help reduce that financial strain after a serious accident. Get in touch with a Terre Haute personal injury lawyer with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin to learn more.
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