Many Drivers Fail To Share The Road With Bicyclists

Many Ohio residents can likely remember when they first learned to ride a bike. Today, a growing number of people throughout the state commute to work on bicycles and many also enjoy biking for exercise and recreation. While there’s no denying that biking is both fun and good for you, riding a bicycle can also be extremely dangerous.

If you were hit by a truck, car or other motor vehicle while riding a bicycle, personal injury attorney Barry Rothchild will fight to recover money for your injuries and loss.

Leading Causes Of Bicycle Accidents

In 2015 alone, more than 45,000 biking-related injuries were reported in emergency rooms throughout the United States and, that same year, more than 720 bicyclists died. Most fatal bike accidents occur in cities where bicyclists and motorists share the same congested roadways.

While cities like Cincinnati continue to build and improve bike lanes, bicyclists who share the road with motorists are still at risk. Ohio law requires that motorists passing bicycles provide three feet of clearance, yet many drivers violate this and other important traffic laws. In many cases, bicycle accidents are caused by drivers who:

    • Fail to provide bicyclists room
    • Make right turns into bike lanes
    • Rear-end bicyclists at stop signs and traffic lights
    • Make left turns in front of bicyclists
  • Open car doors into bike lanes

The High Costs Associated With Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists in urban areas are more likely to suffer fatal injuries when hit by a car or truck, but children and young adults between the ages of 5 to 24 make up roughly one-third of all bicycle accident-related emergency room visits. If your child suffers a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, the long-term care costs associated with managing these types of debilitating injuries can easily total millions of dollars.

By calling Rothchild Law Office and speaking with personal injury attorney Barry Rothchild, you can take the first step toward recovering the compensation you deserve after a bicycle accident. Call us today at 513-818-0217 or contact us online. Initial consultations are free and you don’t pay unless we recover money for your injuries and loss.