Bicycle accidents can happen almost anywhere in Columbus, Ohio. Whether you are traveling across campus or sharing a busy road with motorists, you should be able to feel safe on your bicycle and should not have to worry about negligent drivers causing serious collisions. However, bicycle accidents do happen, and cyclists can sustain severe and fatal injuries. As an experienced Columbus accident lawyer, I want to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Get the Facts About Columbus Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents do not happen as frequently as motor vehicle crashes, but they still occur more often than they should. The following are some facts and figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- More than 1,000 bicyclists are killed annually in collisions;
- In 2015, nearly 467,000 bicycle accident injuries were recorded;
- Highest rates of bicycle accident fatalities occur among cyclists aged 50 to 59;
- Kids and teens between the ages of 5 and19 are at greatest risk of a nonfatal bicycle accident;
- Male bicyclists are killed six times as often and injured four times as often as female bicyclists; and
- More than one-third (37%) of bicycle deaths involve alcohol consumption by a motorist or bicyclist.
Common Causes of Columbus Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents can have many causes, such as:
- Driver error, including distracted or reckless or drunk driving;
- Pedestrian error, such as walking out into a bicycle lane;
- Poor road conditions;
- Inclement weather; and
- Bicyclist’s own negligent.
Who is Responsible for a Bicycle Accident in Columbus, Ohio?
Depending upon the specific facts of your case, a number of different parties could be responsible for your injuries, including but not limited to:
- Car driver;
- Truck driver;
- Motorcyclist; or
- Property owner where the accident occurred.
Get Your Columbus Bicycle Accident Lawsuit Filed in a Timely Manner
Bicycle accident lawsuits, like other personal injury accident lawsuits in Ohio, need to be filed within a specific amount of time. According to Ohio law, most bicycle accident lawsuits must be filed within two years from the date of the accident. If you do not file your claim before that time window closes, you can end up with a time-barred claim.
Once a claim is time-barred, your options for compensation will be very limited. Yet keep in mind that two years is the maximum amount of time you have to file. If you get in touch with me today, I can start working on your case quickly to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact Me to Begin Working on Your Bicycle Accident Claim
Bicycle accidents can be devastating, particularly when they result from a motorist’s reckless or careless behavior. I know how important it is for bicyclists in and around Columbus to feel comfortable sharing the road with vehicles.
Given the number of students in the area who attend The Ohio State University and rely on bicycles for transportation, I want to make sure that any driver who causes a crash involving a bicyclist is held accountable.
With my experience as a Columbus accident attorney, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Do not hesitate to call my firm at 877.944.4373 to learn more about your options for filing a bicycle accident claim.