Cleveland Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Working to Protect the Rights of Cyclists in Ohio
In an accident involving a bicycle and a car, the rider is more likely than the vehicle's passenger to suffer serious injury or death. In 2018, there were 857 fatal bike accidents nationally. In that same year in Ohio, over 20 cyclists were killed, and more than 140 were seriously injured in a collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, many bicycle accidents could have been prevented had the motorist or biker been obeying all traffic rules and laws. When a driver's negligence or recklessness causes an accident, the injured party may have legal recourse to recover compensation for the harm they sustained. If you or a loved one was involved in a bike accident, speak with HMW Law.
At our firm, we employ a team approach to every personal injury case we take on. Thus, when you turn to us, you will have over 70 years of combined experience on your side and access to one of our team members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you have a question or concern, our Cleveland bicycle accident attorneys will respond promptly with a clear and honest answer. We will never leave you in the dark about your case and will be by your side every step of the way.
Ohio's Bicycle Laws
According to Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 4511.01, bicycles are considered vehicles. That means cyclists may ride along any public roadway except freeways. It also means that riders must adhere to the same laws as drivers. For instance, cyclists must obey all traffic signals such as stop signs and red lights, and they must travel in the same direction as traffic.
Ohio also has some laws that are specific to cyclists. For example, ORC 4511.55 provides that they must ride as close to the ride side of the road as practical unless unsafe. Additionally, two bikers can ride side-by-side on the road and are not required to move over for faster-moving cars.
Because bicycles are considered vehicles and can use public roads, motorists must follow the same rules when passing them as they would if they were driving by another car. For instance, they should remain behind a cyclist traveling through an intersection when making a right turn. They should also give bikers the same amount of room they would for another vehicle when passing them.
Unfortunately, although drivers are expected to be safe and extend certain courtesies when driving by bicyclists, some may disregard the rules of the road. If they are negligent in their duties as a driver, they could cause an accident that puts the safety and life of the biker at risk.
At HMW Law, our Cleveland bicycle accident lawyers can thoroughly investigate your case to determine whether the driver's negligence or recklessness contributed to your accident.
Common Bike Accident Injuries
When a vehicle crashes into a cyclist, the rider can sustain severe harm.
Common bike accident injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Neck and spine injuries
- Broken bones
- Muscle pulls
- Internal bleeding
- Facial fractures
If you or a loved one was in a bicycle accident, it's essential that you seek medical attention even if it doesn't initially seem like you've been hurt. You might not immediately notice the harm you suffered, but a doctor can identify accident-related injuries.
After you have received medical care, call our team to discuss your options for pursuing a claim against the at-fault driver.
Hire a Team with a Passion for Winning
At HMW Law, we are committed to providing top-quality services to those in need of legal representation. Our bicycle accident attorneys in Cleveland can guide you through the complexities of your case and work toward recovering just compensation on your behalf.
- Decades of Combined Experience
- A Team-Oriented Approach
- Available 24/7 for Our Clients
- Unmatched Work Ethic & Passion for Winning