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Bicycle Accident Raises Safety Awareness

Steve Wagner

Bicycle and pedestrian awareness has been a hot topic in Indianapolis recently, especially with the annual Bike To Work Day that was held last week. Wagner Reese wants to continue to bring awareness to safety issues surrounding roadway bikers, and we hope that our readers will help us spread the word and will make it common practice to always be on the lookout for riders.

Cyclists are incredibly vulnerable, and though they share the same rights as anyone on a motorcycle, car or other type of road vehicle, because of their size, they are often overlooked. Resulting injuries from accidents are frequent and often deadly.

Just last Sunday, a cyclist, Brandon S. Ocasio, was injured in Johnson County, off U.S. 31, near County Road 350. The driver of the car that caused the accident, Justin Hecock, admits to drinking earlier that night. He told police he saw the bike at the last second and swerved to avoid it, but was unable to do so.

Ocasio was flown to Methodist Hospital in critical condition, but is reportedly doing well at this time. Police are awaiting toxicity and drug screening results for the Hecock, and no arrests have been made at this time, though the investigation is ongoing.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a bicycle accident similar to this one, the law offices of Wagner Reese want to help you raise awareness for this issue, and bring safety to future cyclists on our roadways. Give us a call if we can assist you in any way, and please spread the word to your friends, family and coworkers to always be on the lookout for cyclists on the road, no matter what time of day it is!

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