Pedestrians and bicyclists in Indiana face the risk of injuries from car accidents. This was recently brought to light when a 47-year-old bicyclist defied the odds by being struck twice by different hit-and-run motorists over nine days in Logansport, Indiana, last month.
On May 16, around 7:00 pm, the bicyclist was traveling in the bike lane on Broadway in Logansport where a car was parked in the lane and dropping off a passenger. The bicyclist tried to pedal around the car on its passenger side when it moved forward. The bicyclist then became crammed between that vehicle and a parked car, according to a police report.
The driver left the accident scene but later came back. He was later charged for leaving the scene of the accident and not having a valid license. The bicyclist complained of leg pain in that accident but did not seek further medical treatment after first responders examined him.
A more serious accident took place nine days later. Around 9:30 am, this same bicyclist was riding with traffic on High Street in Logansport, which has no bike lanes. Police later found him lying on the sidewalk with his bicycle next to him.
A dark vehicle traveling on the street struck the bicyclist from behind and continued traveling away, according to a video camera placed outside a nearby building. The victim said that he was thrown from his bike after being struck from behind.
He was taken to the hospital in Logansport but was later airlifted to Fort Wayne's Lutheran Hospital. After being treated for contusions and strained neck and thoracic muscles, he was released from the hospital. Police are still searching for this hit-and-run driver.
This bicyclist was relatively and unbelievably fortunate in these accidents given the large size and power differential between cars and bicyclists riding unprotected on bikes with nothing more than a helmet. Bicyclists are often very vulnerable when hit by an automobile. Those bicyclists who are injured in car accidents may want to learn more about pursuing compensation for medical expenses and other losses.