Most people probably assume that if an accident is going to occur around New Year's, it will most likely occur on New Year's Eve, not the following day. Unfortunately, for one Ohio resident, it was New Year's Day when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle.
The auto-bicycle accident occurred when a 27-year-old man struck the bicycle that pulled into his path ridden by the 46-year-old man who was seriously injured. The motorist then drove away without checking on the bicyclist or reporting the incident. According to reports, the bicycle was found about 150 feet away from where the man was found lying on the ground with his shoe and a license plate found nearby as well.
The driver of the vehicle was later charged with a hit-skip accident and has been ordered to serve four years in prison due to a probation violation. He is also still currently facing charges on failure to stop after an accident with a pedestrian. In an odd twist, the bicyclist was also found to have imbibed more that the legal limit of alcohol and should not have been on the bicycle.
The odd circumstances of this incident demonstrate the care in which all must take when operating a vehicle, whether a bicycle or a car. While both of these individuals were negligent in one form or another, often times, it is the negligence of another that causes an accident. If you have been injured due to another's negligence while driving or cycling, please contact a personal injury attorney who can help you sort through the legal options available to your situation.
Source: Tribune Chronicle, "Motorist sentenced to four years," Christopher Bobby, Feb. 1, 2013