Spring is here! I just aired up my bike’s tires, oiled the chain,
and adjusted the brakes. Looking forward to my first long weekend ride
in 2017. This year, bikers will have some added protection thanks to recently
passed House Bill 154 which requires motorists passing bikers to do so
at a safe distance of at least three feet or more.
http://www.dispatch.com/opinion/20170309/editorial-share-road-drivers-and-riders This common sense law gives guidance to car and truck drivers and hopefully
it will reduce crashes in which motorists try to squeeze by a bike, rather
than waiting until traffic allows them to move to the left far enough
to provide a safe distance between car and bike. As someone who has had
the frightening experience of being clipped by a passing vehicle and launched
onto the side of the road, I’m all for it!
Rourke & Blumenthal is proud to represent one of the supporters of
the Bill who spoke to the Ohio Legislature shortly before the Bill passed.
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/08/01/Kimber-Perfect-bike-crash.html While Rourke & Blumenthal is ready and able to aggressively represent
bicyclists who are injured when motorists break the rules of the road
and cause a crash, we would rather have less crime and more safe and happy
bicyclists. House Bill 154 is a good step in this direction.
As lawyers who see far too many people injured or killed in crashes of
all kinds, including bike/car and bicycle/truck crashes, we urge everyone
to think about safety and drive accordingly. That includes bicyclists
who should always wear a helmet and obey the rules of the road. If we
bicyclists stay alert and use safe practices, we can enjoy Spring rides
on Ohio’s roads and trails – safely!