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Bike riding is more popular today than ever. It’s fun and it’s great exercise. With the price of a gallon of gas, it has also become a primary means of transportation for many people. Riding a bike should be safe, but bicycle accidents are common. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident and injured, you probably have questions and need guidance. You may be wondering where to start.
At the Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP, we are the place to start. We will answer all your questions and provide you with the professional guidance you need.
For 40+ years, we’ve handled tens of thousands of accident cases throughout Ohio. We’ve helped clients get verdicts and settlements from big insurance companies they needed for their injuries and their futures. We delivered results for them. We will do the same for you.
All initial consultations are free. There is no cost to you whatsoever. There is no obligation to hire our firm. If you do decide to hire us, there will be no upfront fees or monthly retainers. We represent clients injured in bike accidents on a contingency fee basis. That means you have no out-of-pocket costs. It also means we only get paid if we get you results. If we don’t deliver you results, you owe us nothing.
Bicycle Accident Injuries and Making Bicycling Safer
There are many things being done to make bicycling safer in Ohio. There are new laws concerning minimum passing clearance zones for vehicles going around bikes, and contraflow lanes becoming part of the street design. Yet cars, trucks, and motorcycles still fail to see bicyclists and bicycle accidents result.
A bicyclist’s risk of serious injury is based on exposure to various circumstances:
- Time of day, with night being the most dangerous time
- Experience of the rider
- Where the biker rides
- Possible alcohol or drug use by either the driver, the bicyclist, or both
A bicycle accident victim may suffer serious injury to his or her spinal cord or brain. There may also be lacerations, broken bones or dental work needed.
After sustaining injuries, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to assess the extent of any harm. It is best not to sign any forms or give any statements to anyone, especially an insurance company.
Under Ohio law a bicycle accident victim has two years from the date of injury to file a personal injury claim.
We will help you explore all possible avenues regarding your case. If necessary, we will have bicycle crash experts investigate technical areas such as bicycle design, assembly and maintenance as well as issues related to roadways, trails and rider actions.
You can set up a meeting with an attorney by calling the law firm at 1-888-534-4850. You can also contact the firm by filling out a short form here. Slater & Zurz offers a 24/7/365 response to your contact.
~Dawna M. Columbus, Ohio
~Joann K. Cleveland, Ohio
~Whitney T. Akron, Ohio
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Should I hire an accident & injury attorney in Ohio?
A. We know from talking to thousands of clients in Ohio that all of them are wondering at what point do I need to hire a personal injury attorney? All too often, injured cyclists attempt to handle claims and negotiate with insurance companies on their own. Insurance companies are not on your side- not even your own uninsured motorist insurance carrier. The insurance adjuster’s job is to settle your claim for the smallest amount of money possible.
Q2. Who is responsible for my medical bills?
A. Most vehicle-bicycle accidents in Ohio are caused by the driver’s inattention. When a negligent motorist injures a cyclist, the motorist’s insurance policy is responsible for the damage. Distracted driving habits like texting, changing the radio station or eating take the driver’s focus away from the road and the surrounding area, making it difficult to notice cyclists sharing the roadways.