Canton Bicycle Accident Lawyer
At Slater & Zurz, we are passionate advocates for injured cyclists. With over 100 years of collective experience, we bring extensive knowledge and vast resources to the table. We have skillfully represented cyclists in a wide variety of bicycle accident cases and have a proven track record of success. Our Canton bicycle accident attorneys are dedicated to holding the at-fault party accountable for their actions and obtaining the maximum recovery for those seriously injured in a bicycle accident.
If you or a loved one was injured in a biking accident, you need superior legal representation by your side. Our compassionate attorneys will help you get the medical care you need and fight diligently to obtain full and fair compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial damages caused by the crash.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Canton
There are as many causes for bicycle accidents as there are for motor vehicle accidents – but because cyclists are less protected, they face a much greater risk of sustaining catastrophic or even fatal injuries. Below are some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents.
- Rear-end Collisions – If a motorist is distracted, following too closely, or speeding, they may not have time to stop and can hit the cyclist from behind.
- Left-turn Collisions – As a cyclist comes through an intersection, a driver who is not paying attention can turn directly into the cyclist’s path, causing them to crash into the side of the vehicle.
- Right-hand Turn Accidents – A motorist can make a right-hand turn without making sure their path is clear. If a cyclist is proceeding through the intersection, going straight, the motorist can strike the cyclist.
- Side-swiping Accidents – A motorist may fail to leave a safe amount of space between the vehicle and bicycle as they pass the cyclist. In some cases, a motorist may be intentionally side-swipe a bicyclist.
- Dooring Accidents – A driver may open their car door without checking whether a bicyclist is approaching from behind. The cyclist strikes the door or crashes in an attempt to miss the car door.
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Bicycle Accidents involving Children
Bicycling is a fun and healthy pastime, especially for children. Unfortunately, one of their favorite activities can also be dangerous. All drivers owe a duty of care to everyone on the road. However, when children are present, they have a legal duty to exercise an increased amount of care.
Children can be unpredictable while riding their bikes. They may swerve unexpectedly or lose their balance and fall. Motorists are expected to understand this and drive slowly around children and exercise greater caution in areas where children may be present. If a child is injured in an accident caused by a driver’s failure to use the proper care level, parents can hold the driver liable.
When an accident occurs involving a child on a bike, the motorist often blames the child. A common excuse is that the child is inexperienced and caused the crash. In some instances, this may be true. But in many cases, the accident was a result of the driver’s negligence. There may also be cases where both the driver and child share fault. However, in these situations, Ohio law recognizes children are less capable of exercising care and hold the child to a lower standard.
Comparative Fault Laws in Ohio
Ohio is a comparative negligence state, meaning you can still be compensated for your damages if you were 50% or less at fault. But by law, your settlement would be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you were awarded $100,000 but were found to be 20% at fault, you would receive a final settlement of $80,000.
This means that even a slightly higher percentage of fault can cost you thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars. That is why having an experienced attorney is crucial. Our skilled Canton bicycle accident attorneys will diligently compile evidence and work with our team of experts to show the true amount of fault for all parties involved in the accident, ensuring you receive full and fair compensation.
Compensation in Your Bicycle Accident Case
No one should be left with the serious, lingering effects of injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. If you have been injured, you deserve to be compensated by the at-fault party. Our bicycle accident attorneys in Canton will advocate aggressively on your behalf to recover damages for the following:
- All medical expenses related to the accident, including ambulance transportation, emergency care, diagnostic tests, medical procedures, hospitalization, and doctor visits
- Costs for future medical treatment and procedures
- Rehabilitation expenses, such as physical therapy and vocational retraining therapy
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity or income
- Permanent injuries, disabilities, and disfigurement
- Past, present, and future pain, suffering, and emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment
- Cost of in-home or long-term facility care needed as a result of your injuries
- Costs for modifying your home to accommodate for injuries sustained in the accident
- Wrongful death
Who can be held responsible for my bicycle accident injuries?
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, several parties may be responsible.
- If a motorist‘s actions caused the accident, the driver’s insurance company might be responsible for your damages.
- When a poorly maintained or designed roadway causes your crash, the government agency responsible for maintaining or designing the road may be liable.
- A dog’s owner might be held liable for your damages if an off-leash dog caused the accident.
- If a bicycle accident is caused by a poorly manufactured bicycle or bicycle part, or if the bike was poorly repaired, the bike manufacturer or bike repair shop may be liable.
A driver caused me to crash but didn’t actually hit me. Can they still be held responsible?
Yes. There does not need to be physical contact between the bicycle and vehicle for a driver to be held liable for the accident. There are several situations in which a bicyclist may need to take action to avoid a collision with a vehicle, which may result in the cyclist falling or crashing. In such instances, the driver may be held responsible if their negligence caused the bicyclist to crash.
The police report states that the other party was at fault for my bicycle accident. Do I still need an attorney?
Yes. Even with a police report stating the other party was responsible for the accident, there still may be challenges establishing fault. It is always essential to have a Canton bicycle accident lawyer on your side to obtain and compile evidence proving the other party was responsible for the crash. In addition, without an attorney, the amount offered to settle your case will generally be much lower than what you are actually entitled to. Our skilled bicycle attorneys at Slater & Zurz will work directly with you to effectively prove fault, maximize your settlement, and get you the best verdict possible.
How long do I have to file a bicycle accident claim in Ohio?
Under Ohio law, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a bicycle accident claim. Filing a claim after that date may result in a case dismissal. However, there are some exceptions to the statute of limitations. If you were injured over two years ago, contact our experienced attorneys to see if you may still be able to file a claim.
Experience and Dedication You Can Count On
Our team of Canton bicycle accident attorneys has spent our careers holding negligent parties accountable for their actions. We work hard to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible so that you can get your life back on track.
At Slater & Zurz, we know that you have many options when choosing a law firm to represent you in your Canton bicycle accident case. We want the opportunity to meet with you and personally discuss your case to show you why so many injured bicyclists have chosen us to represent them. Our firm offers free consultations, where we provide honest feedback and reliable advice. Take the first step toward getting the compensation and justice you deserve. Call our office today at 888.534.4850 or contact us online.