Bicycle injuries can involve lawsuits

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Bicycling is more than just a mode of transportation or a child’s toy. Advocates love the feeling of the wind in your hair, the sun on your skin, the freedom to explore, the joy of movement and the satisfaction of a good workout. It promotes health, reduces stress, and contributes to a cleaner environment. But, like many other activities, biking comes with its own set of challenges and risks. And one of the most significant dangers comes from the environment that makes biking so enjoyable: our streets.

The negligence that causes accidents

While many places in Ohio have made strides in becoming more bike-friendly, there are still numerous instances where negligence by others leads to accidents involving bicyclists. Here are some of the most common types:

  1. Distracted driving: This is the most common cause of car accidents. Drivers texting, eating, or otherwise not paying full attention to the road can easily overlook bicyclists.
  2. Dooring: This occurs when a driver or passenger opens a car door in the path of an oncoming bicyclist. It’s a common cause of urban biking accidents.
  3. Poor road conditions: Potholes, debris, and poorly maintained roads can be hazardous for bicyclists. City planners and local governments may be negligent in maintaining safe road conditions for all users.
  4. Inadequate infrastructure: Lack of bike lanes, poorly designed intersections, and high-speed roads without safe crossing points are examples of infrastructure negligence.
  5. Impaired driving: Alcohol or drug-impaired drivers pose a significant risk to bicyclists due to compromised judgment, coordination and reaction times.

Holding the negligent accountable

While accidents are sometimes unavoidable, others are preventable. The following can help lower the number of injuries:

  1. Enforcement of traffic laws: Strict traffic law enforcement, including those specifically designed to protect bicyclists, can deter negligent behavior.
  2. Infrastructure improvements: Advocate for protected bike lanes, well-maintained roads, and safe crossing points.
  3. Education and awareness: Promote driver education programs that include the importance of sharing the road with bicyclists.
  4. Legal action: Personal injury laws can often compensate bicyclists injured due to someone else’s negligence.

Cyclists have rights

While the importance of safety equipment such as helmets and lights cannot be overstated, bicyclists are at a higher risk of sustaining serious or fatal injuries when hit by motor vehicles. Those who have been severely injured or lost their lives due to such incidents have the right to seek accountability from the negligent parties. It could be a careless driver or a local government that has failed to implement necessary safety measures in areas known for high risk.