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Accidents involving a motorist and a pedestrian or bicyclist have the potential to cause catastrophic and even permanent bodily injuries.

If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident or a bike accident involving a motorist, you will need an experienced lawyer to build a solid case against the at-fault party.

Our attorneys have represented hundreds of personal injury cases in the Springboro area and have the experience needed to represent you.

Ohio Law Protects Bicyclists

Ohio roads are shared between motorists and bicyclists, so designated roads have a separate white outline to distinguish between bicycle lanes and auto lanes. After an analysis of reported incidents involving bicyclists, Ohio revised code had to define bicyclists as traffic. This makes the motorist at fault when they fail to acknowledge you on the road.

The most common type of incident where a motorist hits a bicyclist is when they are getting out of their car and they “door” you.

This happens when a motorist does not look in their blind spot before opening their door and as it extends into the bicycle lane you ram into it. Depending on your speed, you could fall, fly over the car door, bounce into oncoming traffic or hit a hard stop, causing you to sustain serious bodily injuries.

When A Pedestrian Is Overlooked

If you have been hit by a motorist, it is most likely due to their failure to follow the rules of the road. You are also required to follow the rules of the road and an investigator may try to find you at fault for contributing to your own injuries.

Our team will re-create and investigate your accident in an effort to prove your injuries were a result of the at-fault party’s negligence.

A Few Steps To Take Immediately After An Accident

After your accident, you need to file a police report, this will be your first piece of evidence that the accident occurred.

If possible, before you leave the scene to have your injuries evaluated, you should take photos of the scene. This includes photos of your injuries, your bicycle’s damage and where the impact is visible on the at-fault party’s vehicle.

The at-fault party’s information will likely be entered into the police report, but you should also write down their contact information and their insurance information.

The Attorneys You Want After A Bicycle Accident

Contact the law office of Smith, Meier & Webb, LPA, for a free consultation by using this online contact form or by calling 937-557-0128.