Many communities have acknowledged the unique hazards faced by bicyclists on the road, and so they have added special bike lanes, crosswalks, and other safety features. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents continue to be a frequent occurrence throughout the country. Other than a helmet and maybe reflective clothing and pads, bicyclists generally have no protection when involved in a motor vehicle accident – thus making them susceptible to life-threatening or fatal injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, a total of 726 individuals were killed in bicycle accidents across the United States in 2014, while another 50,000 individuals sustained injuries. These figures represent a little over two percent of the number of individuals both killed and injured in traffic accidents in 2014. Research shows, however, that this number may be much higher as not all bicycle accidents resulting in injury are recorded by the authorities.
Bicycle accident injuries
Cyclists who are involved in motor vehicle accidents typically suffer catastrophic injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Facial injuries
- Dental injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Sprains and strains
- Internal injuries
- Road rash
- Injuries that result in death
Causes of bicycle accidents
Bicycle accidents most commonly occur in intersections, bike lanes, city streets without bike lanes, playgrounds and parks, school and pedestrian crossing zones, and parking lot and driveway entries onto public streets.
Some of the most common causes of bicycle vs car accidents include:
- Inattentive or distracted driving
- Failing to yield
- Failing to leave enough space when passing a cyclist
- Turning directly in front of a cyclist
- Opening a door in cyclist’s path
Bicycle laws in Ohio
Just like motor vehicles, bicycle riders of all ages in Ohio must follow the rules of the road. Riders must use proper hand signals to warn other motorists when they are stopping and turning. The law also states that riding against the direction of traffic is considered dangerous and illegal. Instead, riders are obliged to to ride as close to the right side of the road as they possibly can, along with the vehicles traveling in the same direction they are traveling.
While many states require cyclists to wear helmets while riding, Ohio does not have such a requirement. Instead, the state requires riders to have white front lights, and both red lights and red reflectors in the rear at night.
Compassionate bicycle accident lawyer ready to help
If you or a loved one is injured in bicycle accident in Ohio, call The Fitch Law Firm as soon as possible. We can examine your case and help you seek financial compensation for the injuries you have sustained. You may be entitled to collect a recovery for medical expenses, disfigurement, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other losses and damages.
We are here to fight for you and help you get the justice you deserve. Call The Fitch Law Firm at 855-LAW-OHIO or fill out our online consultation form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced bicycle accident attorney.