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Two Indianapolis Bicycle Accidents Within 24 Hours

Steve Wagner

In less than 24 hours, WISH-TV reported on two Indianapolis teens who were involved in bicycle accidents that caused serious injuries. The first occurred around 9:15pm on August 16 at the intersection of Southeastern Avenue and Shortridge Road. The 12-year-old boy was hit by a car while riding his bike and was taken to Riley Hospital for Children in critical condition. Doctors are working to save his leg.

The second accident occurred around 3pm on Saturday, August 17, near the intersection of E. 30th Street and Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive. A 15-year-old boy was riding his bike without a helmet and was hit by a car. The driver had a green light and swerved to avoid the boy, but was unable to do so. The teen remains in critical condition at Riley Hospital in an induced coma with serious head injuries.

With warm weather, summer events, and back to school, it is more important than ever to watch for bicyclists and pedestrians on our roads. Bicyclists are protected under the following Indiana laws:

  • Indiana Code 9-21-11-2
    • A person riding a bicycle upon a roadway has all the rights and duties under this article that are applicable to a person who drives a vehicle.
  • Indiana Code 9-21-8-37
    • Notwithstanding other provisions of this article or a local ordinance, a person who drives a vehicle shall do the following:
      • (1) Exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian or a person propelling a human powered vehicle, giving an audible signal when necessary.
      • (2) Exercise proper caution upon observing a child or an obviously confused, incapacitated, or intoxicated person.

If you or your child has been injured in a bicycle accident, the bike accident attorneys at Wagner Reese can help during this difficult time. Our experienced team of motor vehicle and pedestrian accident lawyers will investigate your case and get results! Contact us for a free consultation.


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