A bicyclist in Greenwood, just south of Indianapolis, continues to recover after a hit-and-run driver struck him this summer. The driver has still not been identified.
Jon Kim was hit around 12:30 a.m. on August 10 by a dark-colored pickup truck which left the scene. Kim suffered a broken leg, as well as a broken jaw, broken nose, and several broken bones in his face. He also lost several teeth. The crash wasn’t caught on video. A nearby camera picked up the sounds of the impact along with a woman’s scream. This video led police to suspect there was a passenger in the vehicle. The vehicle then sped away after the crash.
Cyclists and Pedestrians Often at Risk
Kim was lucky, even though his injuries were serious. In 2015, Indiana saw nine fatal bicyclist crashes. That’s a low for recent years. The ten-year high was twenty-one in 2006. It still suggests we’re not doing enough to keep cyclists safe. On the other hand, things seem to have been getting worse for pedestrians.
Indiana had an estimated ninety-five pedestrian fatalities in 2015. If accurate, it would be more than any single year in the past decade. Pedestrian fatalities are up as a percentage of crash deaths nationwide.
There are several reasons for this, but one of the most telling is that as cars have become safer. Little has been done to improve the safety of pedestrians when a crash happens. Not a great deal has changed in bicycle safety in recent years. There are now more people cycling and walking to work than ever, which is another reason for the increase.
Indiana Bicycle Crashes
It was not a good summer overall for cyclists in Indiana. In July, another Greenfield cyclist was run down by a semi-truck. That same week, in Cicero, a cyclist died when he fell and suffered head injuries (no other vehicle is believed to have been involved). In August, a cyclist was killed downtown Indianapolis by a drunk driver, who was chased down and apprehended by police. At the end of August, an Indiana Wesleyan student died in a crash in Fort Wayne.
Greenwood seems to have had more than its share of incidents. In addition to the cyclist killed by a semi and Kim’s devastating hit-and-run crash, another hit-and-run left part of that town’s Main Street closed. No one knows exactly what happened, but some kind of large truck crashed into a building and then fled. Part of the street had to be closed until repairs could be completed. Fortunately, no one was injured in that crash.
Indiana Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Being the victim of a motor vehicle crash can cause immediate and devastating changes. When it happens to you or someone close to you, it’s important to find someone who can help you fight to hold the responsible party accountable. The aftereffects of a crash, in terms of property damage, medical expenses, lost income, and other costs, can add up fast.
The team at Wilson Kehoe Winingham has years of experience helping our clients make successful personal injury claims involving all sorts of motor vehicles, including bicycle accidents. Give us a call today at 317-920-6400 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to learn what we can do for you.