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As a popular science teacher and cross country coach, Robert Lennon was a fixture at St. Francis DeSales High School where he taught and coached for 40 years. The 64-year-old Columbus man volunteered at foot and other races throughout central Ohio and was well-appreciated throughout the community.

An avid cyclist, Mr. Lennon was riding along Miller Paul Road in Delaware on Sunday, September 15th when he was struck by a driver who left the scene. Mr. Lennon died in a roadside ditch, discovered by passing cyclists approximately an hour after the accident, his bicycle almost broken in two.

According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, there were 1,760 crashes involving bicycles in 2011, resulting in 16 deaths. Pedalcyclist fatalities rose nine percent between 2011 and 2012, according to report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, statistics do not tell the story of the grief and damage caused when bicyclists and automobiles collide.

Elements that contribute to bicyclist fatalities vary based on:

Mr. Lennon was riding on a sunny day and might have been stopped in the bicycle lane. Days after the accident, a woman was questioned about the incident. She first said she hit a deer, but later admitted she hit a person along Miller Paul Road. Her severely damaged car was impounded and charges are pending.

Bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are all at increased risk due to their lack of protection in traffic. Wear bright clothes, stay alert and try to stay alive. If you are injured through the negligence of others, talk to an attorney from our law firm.

As bicycling becomes more popular in Cleveland, it makes sense to understand the rules of the road and your responsibilities as you bike around town. Ohio law defines a bicycle as a vehicle that is governed by all applicable traffic laws. A bicyclist can receive a ticket for violating traffic laws although no points are assessed against a rider’s driver’s license.

A bicyclist is required to travel in the same direction as other traffic, not against traffic. A bike should ride toward the right side of the traveled roadway, but it is not required to stay at the far edge of the roadway. A bike is allowed to move from the right side of the roadway to avoid obstacles or objects like sewer grates or parked cars. When riding a bike, the rider needs to obey all traffic signs and signals. Even if a rider is right about traffic rules, a rider will always come out worse in an encounter with a car or truck.

Defensive driving and courtesy toward other drivers using the same roadways is the key to safe operation of your bicycle. If you have an accident with a motor vehicle while riding your bicycle, fill out our contact form or call the Cleveland personal injury attorneys at NRS Injury Law at (855)GOT-HURT.

Summertime is here and outdoor activities are in full swing, including cycling. As more and more people trade in their cars for bicycles, it’s a good time to take a look at cycling safety.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while only 1% of all trips taken in the U.S. are by bicycle, bicyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles do. And with distracted driving on the upswing, these numbers will likely increase. The number of bicyclists killed by distracted drivers increased 30 percent, from 56 in 2005 to 73 in 2010, according to the journal Public Health Reports. That’s why we decided to include cycling in our blog series on distracted driving.

Here’s how the data breaks out:

Cyclists can follow some tips to stay safer on the road:

Drivers can help by watching out for unexpected movement by cyclists, keeping a good distance away and always looking around before opening car doors. Above all else, they should avoid cell phone use and other forms of distracted driving. See The Rising Cost of Distracted Driving: Facts and Stats.

For more cyclist safety tips for both cyclists and drivers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, see NHTSA Safety in Numbers.

At Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A., we understand the devastating and costly effects of being injured in a cycling accident in Cleveland, especially those caused by a distracted driver. Through this blog series on distracted driving, we hope to provide essential information on distracted driving and driving safety.

Please read Distracted Driving Facts and Statistics to learn more about what distracted driving is and the devastating impact it can have on others. You can also visit our distracted driving and texting accident page on our website.

If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a bicycle or car accident caused by a distracted driver, speak to a bicycle accident lawyer at NRS right away. Our distracted driving accident attorneys have the experience you need to get the results you deserve and are entitled to by law. Call us toll-free at 1.855.GOT.HURT (1.855.468.4878) or contact us by filling out our No-Risk Consultation Form.

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