Wednesday, hundreds of bicyclists gathered together in Columbus, Toledo, and other major metropolitan areas of Ohio for the annual Ride of Silence. The Ride of Silence is organized to commemorate riders who were killed in bike accidents. There were 13 bicyclists killed in Ohio in 2010, the majority of them killed during the summer months when there are many more bicycles on the road.
Bicycle accidents are very different from other types of accidents. Unlike a car accident, a bicycle accident is an asymmetrical crash, with the bicyclist most often suffering the brunt of the injury. Unlike a motorcycle accident, bicyclists do not have the speed and agility to get themselves out of dangerous situations, or even to get into those situations in the first place. And unlike a pedestrian accident, bicyclists are actually encouraged to share the roadway with vehicles. Although police officially list bicyclists as being “at fault” for slightly more than 50% of bicycle accidents. Unlike motorcycle accidents, few bicycle accidents involve an intoxicated bicyclist.
Everyone has a duty to avoid bicycle accidents this summer. Although it may seem sensible for bicyclists to ride out of traffic on the right, they can actually better prevent accidents by riding farther left in the traffic lane. Drivers need to look out for and respect bicyclists, giving them the space they need to operate, and politely yielding the traffic lane in situations where the bicyclist doesn’t feel comfortable sharing the lane.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in an Ohio bicycle accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. The personal injury lawyers from Robert W. Kerpsack, CO, LPA may be able to help. To learn more, please call or email us today for a free case evaluation.