Here at the Charles Boyk Law Office, our Toledo injury attorneys have been successful in obtaining settlements for those clients that have been injured while riding their bicycle. If you have been injured in a Toledo bicycle accident, it is important to remember that you do have legal rights. Bicycle accidents can have serious injuries involved.
These serious injuries include things like traumatic brain injuries, injuries to the spinal cord, broken bones, neck injuries, back injuries, and much more. Be aware of the different types of bike accidents and consult with a Toledo bike accident lawyer if any of these injuries occur.
The law in Ohio requires drivers of automobiles to share the road with bike riders. When automobile drivers fail to do this and negligently cause an accident, the bike rider has legal rights against the car driver just as if the bike rider had been operating a car.
Bicycle accidents can be prevented if more attention is paid to the people they share the road with. According to the NHTSA, bicycle accidents are most likely to happen in an urban area without an intersection between 4 and 8 p.m. Many safety advances have been made to reduce the possibility of bike accidents including bike lanes and bike mirrors to be able to see the traffic surrounding.
Typical Types of Bicycle Accidents
Because of increased bicycle safety and the advances in those safety precautions, unfortunately, bicycle accidents still happen. Below are common types of bike accidents that are caused by motorists and may require attention from a Toledo bike accident lawyer:
- Failure to yield
- Not leaving enough space when passing
- Turning directly in front of cyclist
- Opening door in cyclist’s path
No matter the reason for which you ride your bicycle (recreation, exercise, or transportation), you have most likely taken note of the conditions on the streets and roads that pose a danger of injury. These hazards include potholes, uneven portions of cement, and even crudely patched potholes with loose gravel that can cause a bicyclist to lose control of the bike and fall to the pavement. Injuries from these types of falls have the potential of being very serious.
The government is responsible for maintaining roadways in reasonable repair. In Ohio, if a bicyclist is injured while riding as a result of the road conditions, they have the right to file a claim against the government agency for the injuries that they sustained from the bicycle accident.
When a driver or passenger quickly opens a car door quickly and in the direct path of a bicyclist, the crash is usually unavoidable.
If the bicyclist tries to avoid the car door that was flung open, they often crash on the pavement or even ride into the path of another car or bicycle.
After a bicyclist crashes because of an opened car door, the person who opened the door and the car owner can be held liable for the injuries that were caused.
How a Toledo Bicycle Injury Attorney Can Help
Here at the Charles Boyk Law Offices, our Toledo bicycle accident law team will interview witnesses, take photographs and measurements of the defective condition, and obtain government records of road repairs in the area of the accident. Without a thorough, detailed, and timely investigation, it may be impossible to prove and win your claim.
Time is of the essence for preserving these claims.
Our bike injury attorneys will speak with you free of charge and will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding this matter and even be able to point you in the direction of trusted area doctors so that you will receive the best medical treatment.
Talk to a Toledo Bike Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by a motorist, it is important to remember that you have rights.
You can also order your free copy of The Ohio Accident Book. This book will explain to you your legal rights after you have been injured in an accident. If you would like to read this book, call the number above to request a free copy to be mailed to you.
If you have been injured in Sylvania, consult a bike accident attorney.