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Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Columbus

When you’ve been hit by a car while riding your bike in Columbus, you have the right to hold the liable party accountable. With help from our bicycle accident attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, you could focus on healing while we work on recovering maximum compensation for your damages.

Our consultations are 100% free, and you will never be expected to cover upfront costs. Let us help you get the most out of your claim.

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Columbus Bicycle Helmet Laws

Columbus has some of the most popular biking trails around. Whether you are heading off to bike the 7 miles of Heritage Trail or are looking for a longer 25-mile ride along Alum Creek, it is important to maintain good bike safety no matter where you decide to take your bike out.

Ohio does not have any mandate requiring the use of bicycle helmets. However, in Columbus, a citywide ordinance states that anyone under 18 must wear a helmet or face a fine.

How Bike Accidents Happen: Common Causes

Bicycle accidents frequently occur when a car strikes a bicyclist. However, car accidents are not the only way bicycle injuries occur. Some common causes of bicycle crashes in Columbus include:

  • Driving too fast, driving aggressively, or antagonizing bicyclists
  • Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or other incapacitating influences
  • Failing to check a vehicle’s blind spots when changing lanes
  • Failing to come to a complete stop at stop signs
  • Failing to yield to a bicyclist when it is appropriate
  • Making the right or left turns suddenly in front of oncoming cyclists
  • Opening doors in front of bicyclists in busy urban centers
  • Pulling out from driveways or parked positions without looking
  • Sideswiping bicyclists who are traveling on the shoulder
  • Talking on a cell phone or otherwise engaging a mobile device while driving

Bike Accident-Related Injuries

In many cases, whether your injuries are considered minor or severe, they could significantly impact your life. Examples of common bike crash injuries include:

  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Emotional injuries

It is essential to obtain a medical evaluation immediately after your accident. Injuries that are left untreated can worsen over time. It is essential to avoid compounding medical expenses that could put you into further debt wherever possible if you hope to reduce your medical expenses and future medical costs.

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Compensation in Columbus Bicycle Accident Cases

You have the right to be compensated for non-economic and economic damages after a bicycle accident. Recoverable damages that may be possible include:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of income
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Medical expenses
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File Your Bike Accident Claim

The bicycle accident claims process may seem overwhelming when you are still recuperating. Here’s a basic idea of how the bicycle accident claims process works in Columbus:

  1. Your attorney and the other party’s insurance company investigates
  2. Your lawyer gathers evidence to prove liability
  3. You will document your economic damages and non-economic damages
  4. Your lawyer will file a claim with the liable party’s insurance company and act as your liaison
  5. Your attorney may bring your case to trial if your insurance settlement is insufficient

Steps after a Columbus Bike Accident

After a bicycle accident, the steps you take could significantly impact the compensation you are awarded and your ability to pursue a claim against the at-fault party.

After a bike vs. car accident:

  • Remain at the scene
  • Check yourself and others involved for injuries
  • Reach out to 911 and the police
  • Exchange contact and insurance info with the driver who hit you
  • Take videos and photos of your injuries
  • Secure a medical evaluation
  • Reach out to an experienced bicycle accident lawyer in Columbus.

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Our Columbus Bicycle Accident Lawyers Can Help

When you are struggling to cope with your financial losses, psychological trauma, and physical injuries, you may not be sure whether pursuing your bicycle accident claim is the right choice.

However, when you have a dedicated bicycle accident attorney in Columbus working for you, you can rest easier.

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Columbus Bike Accident FAQs

How long do you have to file a bike accident claim?

Under Ohio Revised Code ORC §2305.10, your bicycle accident claim needs to be filed before the two-year statute of limitations expires. This is critical. If your claim is not filed before time runs out, the court system will have no choice but to prohibit you from being awarded compensation in the civil courts.

When do bikers have the right of way?

Many people believe that bicyclists always have the right of way. However, bikers are required to follow the same traffic laws as other motorists. The only time bicyclists will always have the right of way is if they use a crosswalk to cross the street. Otherwise, bicyclists will only have the right of way if a motorist also has the right of way in the same position.

Can I sue if a pedestrian caused my bike accident with another car?

When pedestrians cause bicycle accidents, you need to get your attorney working on your case as soon as possible. We will also evaluate all the details of your case to ensure all culpable parties are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

Can you recover damages if you weren’t wearing a helmet?

If you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, the defense would likely argue that you are partially at fault for your injuries. However, under Ohio Revised Code ORC 2315.33, individuals are not prohibited from recovering compensation if they share fault for their injuries as long as their portion of liability does not go beyond 50%.

Who’s to Blame for a Car vs. Bike Accident?

Figuring out who is responsible for causing your bike crash is critical if you hope to recover the damages you are entitled to. It will be up to your attorney to prove that another individual or entity is ultimately responsible for causing your damages.
To prove negligence in a bike accident case, your attorney will need to show the elements of negligence:

  • The person or driver responsible owed you a duty of care
  • The person responsible breached their duty of care by operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner, for example
  • The breach in their duty caused your injuries and subsequent damages
  • You suffered significant emotional, physical, or financial damages as a result

Kisling, Nestico & Redick Will:

  • Investigate, collect evidence, and find those at fault for your accident.
  • Interview witnesses, medical professionals, and experts to show how your life was impacted.
  • Communicate with the insurer, clarify liability, and pursue max compensation.
  • Determine your accident’s full and fair value – what you lost and deserve.
  • Keep you informed and involved. KNR is available by phone, text, email, or Zoom.
  • Protect your rights and, if necessary, take your case to court.
  • Never charge you upfront. If there’s no recovery, there’s no cost.