A recent article in The Columbus Dispatch highlights a disturbing trend occurring on Ohio roadways. Based on Ohio State Highway Patrol records, more than twenty-five percent of drivers fled the scene of auto-bicycle collisions over the course of the past two years. As stated in the article, oftentimes these drivers are distracted or impaired, and the fear of legal consequences can outweigh the concern for the victims well-being.
For whatever reason, 1 in 4 motorists drives off without checking on riders who they've struck
The attorneys at Rourke and Blumenthal have a great deal of experience representing individuals injured in auto-bicycle accidents. Even in the event of a hit-skip when the at-fault driver cannot be identified, the injured victim can oftentimes be compensated for medical expenses and other damages via their personal Uninsured Motorist coverage or through the Ohio Victims of Crime compensation program.
We urge bicyclists to be aware and to utilize defensive riding practices to stay safe on the roadway. If you or a family member have been injured in a bicycle accident, please contact Rourke and Blumenthal for a free consultation to explore your options for legal recovery.
Read the Columbus Dispatch article here: “Bicyclists often left to writhe after collisions”.