August 28th, 2014|
Bicyclists in Ohio face a very real risk of being involved in collisions with motor vehicles. In fact, data from the Ohio Department of Public Safety indicates there were a total of 1,928 Ohio car accidents in 2012 that resulted in 18 fatalities and 1,525 injuries. Despite these numbers, the state still does not have a helmet law for cyclists, and riders continue to take to the roads without this precious piece of safety equipment.
While Ohio does not have a helmet law, certain municipalities within the state do. Each calls for riders between ages 12-19 to wear a helmet when riding. Still others call for riders between ages one and five to have a helmet on.
These laws still aren’t enough to prevent Ohio car accidents involving bicycles. Take the case of a teenager who was struck by a car while riding his bike in Lorain, Ohio. Reports from 19 Action News state the incident occurred on the evening of Wednesday, August 27, at approximately 6 P.M. at the intersection of Tower Boulevard and Washington.
Records show the 52-year-old driver of a vehicle was heading east on Tower when he struck the teen. The cyclist wasn’t wearing a helmet and sustained serious injuries.
The Cleveland personal injury lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy hope the cyclist recovers quickly and encourage all bike riders to wear a helmet each and every time they jump on their bikes.