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A 23-year-old bicyclist was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Indianapolis, Indiana recently after a car struck the bike while it attempted a left turn. The accident happened just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, and the police are investigating the accident. The driver of the motor vehicle stayed at the scene and cooperated with police, even submitting to a blood draw. The bicyclist was in his bike lane and then attempted to make a left before the car hit him – but little else is known about the circumstances of the wreck.

We will have to wait for the police report before we know more about this incident, but it does look like it was a “true” accident. It is important to remember with all motor vehicle accidents that the police report carries significant weight – and that it can be changed after the fact if new information comes to light. But the report will take some time to complete, and for victims that are awaiting critical information to support their personal injury lawsuit, patience is crucial.

The other lesson from this story is that bicyclists are at risk out on the road, and the drivers of other vehicles are often combative and unwilling to share the road with them. This can lead to avoidable and negligent accidents that cause significant harm to the bicyclist, or even death. Victims in these accidents should seek legal counsel so that they are aware of all of their options in the wake of a bike accident.

Source: FOX 59, “Coroner’s office identifies bicyclist killed after crash on city’s northwest side,” Oct. 3, 2017

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Gayle Gerling Pettinga

Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

Gayle has received numerous awards and honors including Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rated: AV®, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Indiana for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and YWCA Evansville 100 Years, 100 Women Honoree, 2011.

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