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Local Teacher Dies After Semi Hits Her Bike

Steve Wagner

Erika Wells was a beloved member of the Indianapolis Community. She was a popular teacher at Rhoades Elementary School in Wayne County, where she had taught for 15 years. She was an active member of Indy Runners and the Central Indiana Bicycling Association. Last week, she was engaged in her passion for bicycling when she was hit and killed by a semi along Indiana 37.

The accident happened at 9:30 in the morning as the 38-year-old kindergarten teacher biked north on Indiana 37. The investigation of the south side accident is still ongoing, but police believe the semi left the roadway just before the accident. The truck driver stayed on the scene and has been cooperating with police throughout the process. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor.

With Increasing Numbers of Cyclists, Accidents are Increasing Slowly

The number of Indianapolis residents using their bicycles to commute or as a recreational activity has been increasing exponentially. Fortunately, the number of deaths caused by bicycle collisions with vehicles has not increased equally. Bicycle accidents have, however, increased slowly over the past several years. Indiana averages around 13-14 bicycle accident fatalities each year and is the 13th most dangerous state for cyclists.

Nationwide, there are over 700 deaths and nearly 50,000 injuries as a result of bicycle accidents involving crashes with motor vehicles.

Injuries from Bicycle Accidents Can Be Severe

Due to a general lack of protection when compared to a person in a car, bicyclists like Erika Wells who are involved in accidents with automobiles are likely to be very severely injured. Common injuries include shoulder, neck, and back injuries, broken bones, concussions, and more severe traumatic brain injuries. Cyclists are advised to protect themselves by wearing a helmet and adhering to safety tips on cycling, but the reality is there is not much they can do that will eliminate the risk of serious injury, particularly if drivers of passenger cars or other motor vehicles are driving unsafely.

If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or killed in a bicycle accident, an experienced personal injury lawyer can be critical to winning or settling a case against the negligent driver who hurt your loved one. The bicycle accident attorneys at Wagner Reese have decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured cyclists. We never take payment unless your case is settled or won, so there is no risk in calling us to discuss your case. Call us today at (888) 204-8440.

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