With the change of season come bicyclists taking to the road. Whether it is in the neighborhood or on the side of a somewhat busy road, bicyclists ride with traffic and, making there a possibility for collision with vehicles.
The 1.2 million crash reports that the Ohio Department of Public Safety collected states that nearly 8,000 of them included a bike-car crash. This high number of bicyclist and vehicle crashes is thought to be related to the fact that motorists and bicyclists do not know how to properly share the road.
Share the Road
Bicycles are considered to be a legitimate form of transportation, according to the NHTSA, and there are laws and regulations that have been established for their use. However, many motorists do not respect bicyclists on the road. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has posted on their website that all motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, cars and pedestrians all have the right to use Ohio roadways. They explained, “It’s important to be alert, avoid distractions, respect other’s rights, and know the traffic laws. It’s up to all of us to Share the Road.
Share the Road is an effort that is nationwide and promoted the safety and awareness of all those who use the road. ODOT posted the 2012 crash statistics that show there were 1,930 bicyclists’ crashes, resulting in 18 fatalities and 1,531 injuries. Share the Road is meant to reduce the number of crashes and save both lives and keep people safe.
Injured In Bike-Car Crash
Our law office helps bicyclists who have been injured in accidents with motor vehicles. We have helped many bike-car crash victims to go through the legal process and obtain the compensation that they deserve for the injuries they’ve sustained due to the fault of an unaware motorist.
Bike-car crashes can be very serious due to the sheer fact that putting a bicycle up against a motor vehicle is not a fair fight, resulting in serious damage to the bicyclist. If you or your loved one has been injured in such an accident, call our law office at 800.637.8170. You will have the opportunity to speak directly with our attorneys about your bike-car accident and the injuries sustained, as well as ask any questions that you have about your options.