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Indianapolis Bicycle Accident Attorney | Bicycle Helmets

Statistics have shown that the number of brain injuries associated with bicycle accidents are significantly reduced when helmets are wornSix hundred seventy seven individuals were killed in bicycle accidents in 2011.  It is estimated that adults 45 years and older as well as minors, ages 15-24, have the highest bicycle death rates.

In 2010, an estimated 515,000 individuals went to emergency rooms for bicycle related injuries.  Statistically 60% of these non-fatal bicycle accidents involve minor children.  It is a simple fact that effective interventions eliminate or minimize deaths or serious injuries from bicycle accidents.

How to effectively reduce bicycle accidents and deaths caused by negligent drivers

The most effective intervention is to wear a bicycle helmet.  Another is to wear fluorescent clothing, active lighting on the bike and retro reflective clothing for night riding.    All of these will reduce chances of an accident with a motor vehicle.  In addition, many bicycle organizations offer safe tips for traveling on the roadway and how to deal with motor vehicles.  But the simple truth is bicycle helmets protect brain injuries.  In 2012, 65% of bicyclists killed were NOT wearing helmets.

With more and more individuals riding their bikes to and from work every day, the question remains just how safe is cycling.  Cities and towns are creating more friendly roads for cyclist to share the roadway with motor vehicles.  Bike lanes and changed traffic patterns are helping bicyclists against accidents with motor vehicles.  But it is up to both the cyclist and driver to be more and more cognizant of the changing times.

A law firm with experience in personal injury law

Call personal injury and accident lawyer Charlie Ward today for a free consultationDon and Charlie Ward are personal injury attorneys in Indianapolis, Indiana and represent persons injured in auto, motorcycle and truck accidents as well as pedestrian and bicycling accidents, medical malpractice and nursing home negligence claims. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident or killed as a the result of another person’s reckless or negligent behavior, give Don or Charlie Ward a call today at 317-639-9501 for a free evaluation of your accident claim.

By Charlie Ward

Ward & Ward Law Firm
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
317-639-9501
 

 

Bicycle Accident Lawyers Agree Cycling Laws in Indiana are Unclear and Untested in the Courts

Indianapolis IN Personal Injury Attorney- Bicycle Accidents It’s time to update the bicycling laws in Indiana

Indianapolis and surrounding counties are experiencing a surge of cyclists taking to the roads. Since 2011 bicycle accidents have increased by nearly 50% in Marion County according to the Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis and other urban cities throughout Indiana are installing bike lanes to make cyclists’ travels safer on major thoroughfares. But motor vehicle drivers and cyclists haven’t yet determined how they should share the road by navigating in a predictable way.Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

 

Superior Court Judge David Dreyer, whose court awarded settlements to two crash victims, believes the laws are confusing and untested. One Indiana law states that cyclists have all the rights and responsibilities of motor vehicles which imply bicyclists have the right to full use of the lane. Another law states that slow-moving vehicles should be as close as possible to the right hand curb. Nancy Tibbett, executive director of Bicycle Indiana, advises cyclists to use the right one-third of the lane but to not hug the curb because if they’re close to the right, a motor vehicle will take the liberty to pass the bicyclist in the same lane, and often that could be entirely too close.”

WRTV has reported that in the early morning of July 15, 2014, a cyclist was killed in Hamilton County:

“Investigators said [the cyclist] had been riding south on Main Street when the left handlebar of his bike was struck by a passing car, causing him to lose control of the bike and crash.” 

Bicycling in Urban Areas is on the Rise

Expect to see more and more cyclists taking to the road in busy downtown Indianapolis. This spring the city initiated its bike sharing program called Indiana Pacers Bikeshare as an alternative form of energy-saving transportation.  Bike docking stations are situated in 25 different locations throughout downtown Indy. The bicycles can be rented for $8.00 per day or $80 per year.

Share the Road Campaign and Educational Information

The Indiana BMV, through the Indiana Bicycle Coalition, is making “Share the Road” license plates available in 2014 with the expectation that driver awareness will be increased. Read more about “Share the Road” license plates and tags here.

Bicycleindiana.org is the “go to” site for cyclists and drivers looking for information on state laws related to cycling, and Bike Smart literature that will educate and promote safe cycling in Indiana.

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How Does a Pedestrian or Cyclist Receive Financial Compensation for Injuries Received in an Accident?

Personal Injury Attorneys

Drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care anytime they are on the road. Attorneys, Charlie and Don Ward of Ward & Ward Law Firm have over 85 years of combined experience representing people who have been injured or killed in accidents involving motorcycles and bicycles. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed due to someone else’s negligence, give Charlie a call at 317-639-9501 for a free consultation.

Written by Charlie Ward

Ward & Ward Law Firm

 

Roundabouts Safer for Pedestrians, Bicycles in Indiana

Roundabouts Mean Fewer Accidents for Cars, Pedestrians and BicyclistsCall Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

Long ago Europe embraced and adopted the roundabout as a key part of their transportation system. Their statistics show that accidents involving pedestrians have been reduced by approximately seventy-five percent and attribute that reduction to the vast number of roundabouts populating much of Europe’s highways. The IIHS states regardless of age, pedestrians involved in crashes are more likely to be killed as vehicle speeds increase. In a report on pedestrian injuries recently prepared by the Preusser Research Group for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the authors cite *research concluding

“about 5 percent of pedestrians hit by a vehicle traveling 20 mph will die. The fatality jumps to 40 percent for cars traveling 30 mph, 80 percent for cars going 40 mph, and 100 percent for cars going 50 mph

Roundabouts engineered to reduce speed

Roundabouts are becoming the standard in commuting. Carmel, Indiana is known for its more than 60 roundabouts. Their pedestrian crossing signs and line markings advise the pedestrian of the crosswalks. (Learn more about Carmel’s roundabouts here.) And in 2012, the city of Indianapolis developed plans to add four new roundabouts to the metro transportation grid. Each year, as funds become available, this number will grow.

Bicyclists and Pedestrian Recommendations

Roundabouts can be made safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.The Institute for Highway Safety recommends pedestrians walk the perimeter sidewalk using line markings to cross where necessary. Make yourself visible by wearing brightly colored clothing and make use of eye contact with approaching drivers’ who are intent on getting to their destination. Cyclists are recommended to ride the “middle” of the lane, not on the edge. This reduces confusion among drivers of motor vehicles. Cyclists should signal their turn for as long as possible and also try to make eye contact with drivers if possible. If traffic seems erratic and is overtaking you, pull off on the side and walk your cycle around the roundabout.

Lawyers with Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents

The law firm of Ward & Ward has over 85 years of combined experience in personal injury law. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident as a pedestrian or while riding a bicycle, call Charlie Ward for a free consultation.
By Charlie Ward

[email protected]

Ward & Ward Law Firm
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
(317) 639-9501

* To learn most about the Preusser study, visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/research/pub/

Auto, Motorcycle, Trucking Accidents Leading Cause of Traumatic Brain Injury Related Deaths

Motor Vehicle Accidents Leading Cause of Traumatic Brain InjuryCall Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a result of a sudden trauma to the skull or a penetrating head injury. Nearly one-third of all injury related deaths involve a traumatic brain injury with motor vehicle accidents being the leading cause of TBI- related death, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Traumatic brain injuries may also result from shaken baby syndrome.

Coup-Contrecoup Injuries

A contusion is a bruise or injury below the surface caused by blunt force. Coup (pronounced kou) and Contrecoup (pronounced kon-tre-kou) injuries are contusions brought about by the brain slamming into the skull as a result of a strong blow to the head. A coup injury occurs when the brain impacts the inner skull at a single point, often the frontal lobe. A Contrecoup injury occurs when the brain slams into the opposite side of the skull or coup injury due to a recoiling action; often resulting in a contusion of the temporal lobe. Frontal and temporal lobe injuries may affect decision-making abilities and are often associated with language issues—both communicating and understanding language.

In an automobile, motorcycle or trucking accident, a sudden impact with severe strike to the head may cause the brain to ricochet against the inner skull creating opposing contusions. Medical professionals identify this kind of TBI as a Coup-Contrecoup injury.

Coup-Contrecoup injuries may include the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding of the brain;
  • Swelling within the confines of the skull;
  • Disruption of spinal fluid which nourishes the brain; and/or
  • Skull fragments entering brain tissue.

Damage to Brain may be Irreversible

Sadly, the damage caused by coup-contrecoup injuries is usually irreversible. Treatment of these injuries consists of addressing further damage or complications by the use of surgery or medications to control brain swelling and/or bleeding.

Disabilities from a TBI depend upon the severity of the injury, the location of the injury and the age and general health of the patient. The prognosis for moderate to severely injured patients of traumatic brain injuries consists of an individually tailored treatment plan which may include physical, occupational, speech and language therapies and psychiatric support. The most severely injured patients may continue in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) in which an individual remains in a vegetative state for more than a month.

Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers

If you or someone you know has been in an accident and suspect there may have been damage to the brain, an attorney experienced in personal injury matters involving traumatic brain injuries may want to suggest a neuropsychological evaluation. Ward & Ward Law Firm has over 80 years of combined experience in personal injury cases. The law firm of Ward & Ward receives no fee unless you recover for your injuries. Call Charlie Ward today for a FREE consultation or visit https://www.wardlawfirm.com.

Charlie Ward

[email protected]

Ward & Ward Law Firm
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
(317) 639-9501

www.wardlawfirm.com