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Data Shows Franklin County as a Hotspot for Bicycle Crashes in Ohio

A person riding a bicycle on the road in Ohio.

Injured cyclists need to know their legal rights and options.

Bicyclists face a unique risk on Ohio roads. In many places, it’s the lack of bicycle-friendly infrastructure and the lack of protection bicyclists have compared to vehicle drivers. When combined with issues like distracted driving and speeding, these factors significantly increase the likelihood of bicycle accidents.

According to a recent report by The Columbus Dispatch that cited Ohio Highway Patrol data, Franklin County has ranked second in bicycle accidents across the state since 2019. That's followed by Cuyahoga County, which leads by over 200 accidents involving cyclists.

How common are bicycle crashes in Franklyn County?

Official records from law enforcement indicate Franklin County experienced 904 bicycle collisions from January 1, 2019, to March 11, 2024. This accounts for 16% of Ohio's total bicycle crashes during this period.

The 904 bicycle accidents in Franklin County accounted for less than 0.1% of the total crashes during the same period. However, 16 of them were deadly. Additionally, about 10.7% (97) of these accidents led to potentially severe injuries.

Ohio's most dangerous counties for bicyclists include:

  • Cuyahoga County with 1,114 accidents.
  • Franklin County with 904 accidents.
  • Lucas County with 373 accidents.
  • Hamilton County with 346 accidents.
  • Montgomery County's with 315 accidents.
  • Summit County with 254 accidents.
  • Stark County with 181 accidents.
  • Butler County with 162 accidents.
  • Lorain County with 140 accidents.
  • Lake County rounds with 128 accidents.

According to the Highway Patrol, these bicycle collisions were most frequent on weekdays between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.

U.S. 40 (Broad Street) in Columbus and U.S. 23 in Franklin County were identified as crash hotspots, with 64 and 60 bicycle accidents during that period, respectively.

Columbus, OH, city officials step up efforts to prevent bicycle crashes

In response to safety concerns, Columbus officials have collaborated with the Columbus Downtown Development Corp. and Edwards Companies to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. This initiative aligns with Ohio's effort to counter the national uptick in pedestrian fatalities.

As spring approaches, Ohio anticipates a rise in outdoor activities. This could potentially increase the likelihood of pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle accidents.

The debate over establishing designated bicycle lanes in Columbus has been ongoing. Cycling enthusiasts have advocated for increased lanes that are physically separated from vehicular traffic.

In 2022, proponents pressed for the inclusion of more protected bike lanes in city planning. During a Columbus City Council session in February, they highlighted the city's oversight in incorporating bike lanes into roadwork projects.

Common bicycle accident injuries

Bicycle accident injuries can vary in severity, but some of the most frequent injuries sustained by cyclists in crashes include:

  • Head injuries, such as concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
  • Facial injuries, including fractures, lacerations, and dental injuries.
  • Spinal cord injuries, which can lead to paralysis or loss of mobility.
  • Fractures or broken bones in the arms, legs, wrists, or collarbones.
  • Soft tissue injuries, such as sprains, strains, or road rash.
  • Internal injuries, such as organ damage or internal bleeding.

If you were hit by a car while riding a bicycle, seeking immediate medical attention is crucial. Even if you feel fine, it's important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent but could worsen over time if left untreated. You can never be too careful with your health and well-being, so don't delay in getting the necessary medical care, regardless of how minor your injuries may seem initially.

Seeking legal help after an Ohio bicycle accident

Practicing safe cycling habits can help reduce the risk of being hit by a car. However, even the most cautious bicyclists are at risk of being involved in collisions caused by other drivers. If someone else’s negligence caused your bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other related damages.

At Gervelis Law Firm, our Ohio bicycle accident lawyers have extensive experience advocating for the rights of injured cyclists. Find out how we can help with your potential legal case.

We have several law offices located throughout Ohio, including Columbus. Contact us online or call one of our offices to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation.

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