In warmer weather, people here in Ohio and elsewhere tend to get outside more. Adults and children alike may take out their bikes for a ride in the fresh, spring air. With the increase in bicyclists comes a potential increase in bicycle vs. car accidents.
Bicycle riders often find themselves far too close to motor vehicles for comfort, especially near or in Ohio’s parks and school zones. Children are particularly vulnerable to accidents in these locations. The primary concern in this type of crash is that the bicyclist has little to no protection from the heavy, faster-moving vehicle.
For this reason, the injuries suffered by the bicycle rider are often severe, perhaps even catastrophic. Spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and amputations are some of the more serious ones suffered. These injuries could have lifelong effects that change the victim’s life forever. Even a broken bone, especially in a child, could derail future plans. Victims may no longer have the opportunity to participate in activities they enjoyed prior to the accident, such as riding a bike.
Perhaps you went out for a bike ride, and a vehicle struck you. Your injuries will require a substantial recovery period, during which you will miss work and accumulate significant medical and medical-related expenses, even if you have insurance. You may wonder how you will support yourself and your family during this time and beyond if a full recovery is not an option. You have the right to pursue restitution for those and other damages that occur in bicycle vs. car accidents, and you do not have to seek them alone.