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If my health insuror pays for my accident related medical bills and I accept a settlement, do I have to pay my health insurer back?

The answer is generally  “yes”. This is called subrogation or the right of recovery by your health insurance providers. If you are on Medicare or Medicaid, you must pay them back once you receive your settlement from the at fault party. This is required by statute and is a “super lien”. You also must pay ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

Should I talk to the other driver’s insurance company after an accident ?

If liability is clear and you have suffered serious injury, the answer is “no”. Talking to the at fault insurance company is no benefit in that situation and could  be detrimental as the insurance company are pros that will attempt to obtain information that could potentially place some doubt on liability or your damages.Hire your ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

What should I do if I am injured in a car accident caused by another driver?

If you are in a car crash, you should follow these ten rules: Call the police. Make sure a police report is filed. Talk to witnesses and get their names and numbers, if possible. Call 911 if seriously injured. Take photographs of the accident scene with your cell phone camera, and write down all of ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

Who is responsible in a crash when a traffic light is flashing?

The duties you have when a traffic light is flashing depend on Ohio Revised Code §4511.13 and the equivalent local Ordinance. If you approach a traffic light with a flashing red signal indication, you must: Stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if there is no stop line, stop before entering the crosswalk on the near ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

What about drunk or impaired driving?

DUI, or Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is illegal. Ohio makes it a crime to drive with a blood alcohol content at, or above 0.08 percent (Ohio Revised Code §4511.19). This is true whether the driver is operating the motor vehicle on a highway, street, or shopping center parking lot. ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

What laws apply if I am hit by a driver that runs a red light?

Traffic Control Devices Ohio Revised Code  §4511.12 contains the Ohio law called Obedience to Traffic Control Devices. An example of local Ordinances are Cleveland Ordinance §413.01 Obedience to Traffic Control Devices and Lakewood Ordinance §313.01 Obedience to Traffic Control Devices

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

If the driver that hit me was on a cell phone when the driver hit us, what laws may apply?

  Depending on the circumstances, an injured person can assert violations of the following Statutes and Ordinances (Cleveland and Lakewood used as examples) when cell phone usage results in distraction and a crash, even if the cell phone use does not violate the State law or a local Ordinance in Cleveland or Lakewood. Reckless Operation Ohio ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

What is distracted driving?

  Ohio and Lakewood law prohibits texting or emailing while driving, subject to some exceptions. A minor with a temporary or probationary driver’s license is prohibited from using a cell phone while driving (Ohio Revised Code §§4511.204 & 4511.205). Many local Ordinances also prohibit or restrict texting, emailing and cell phone usage. Mobile devices help ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

What is causing so many crashes?

The roads and highways can be unsafe! Why? Drivers are careless, inattentive and distracted by texting, emailing and talking on cell phones; sometimes driver’s are drinking and impaired by alcohol or drugs. These drivers are causing a multitude of avoidable automobile crashes resulting in serious injuries and/or death.     Personal Injury Attorney Kenneth Knabe Knabe Law ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

What should I do if in a bike accident?

WHAT TO DO IN A BIKE ACCIDENT: REMEMBER “P.H.O.N.E.” 1.  Police: call the police and insist on a report, no matter what! 2.  Healthcare: seek immediate medical treatment for injuries. 3.  Observation: get the driver’s contact and insurance info, and names of all witnesses, or make sure the police obtain this vital information. 4. Notify: call  bike injury attorney (Ken ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

What are the bicycle hand signals and when should I use them?

  Cyclists’ turn signals are required under Ohio Revised Code §4511.40 as follows: left turn – left arm extended to the left right turn – hand and arm extended upward at elbow stop – arm down to the rear A cyclist does not have to continuously signal. Once is often enough. You do not have ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

When can I ride my bicycle on the sidewalk and what laws apply?

  Although Ohio law permits cyclists to ride on the sidewalks, many municipal codes limit that right. For example, Cleveland prohibits riding on the sidewalk in a business district. (Cleveland Ordinance § 473.09). A ‘business district” is defined in Cleveland Ordinance § 401.07 Ohio prohibits local authorities from requiring cyclists to only ride on the ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

Can I buy bike insurance separately from my car insurance?

Yes, you can insure your bicycle and yourself for theft, physical loss, damage, liability and some coverage when hit by an uninsured driver. Here is a link to an insurance backed company started by cyclists that I recommend: https://velosurance.com/ If you have car insurance and elect  “U” (Uninsured/Under-insured) coverage and medical payments coverage, and also schedule your bike ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

How can I protect myself with insurance in case of a bike accident caused by a careless driver?

Every cyclist who owns a car and has auto liability insurance, or is insured under an auto liability policy as a household/family member, should always insist on having uninsured motorist coverage (‘U’ Coverage). This covers you if you are hit on your bike by a careless driver who is uninsured or underinsured. Your U coverage ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

What about the damage to my bicycle and equipment such as my helmet, jersey and shoes?

Bicycles today can run from $50.00 to $15,000.00. You deserve full compensation for the reasonable value of your bicycle and its many components. Schedule your bicycle on your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. If your bike is damaged in an accident with a careless driver, we usually start at the bike shop of purchase and ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

What are my personal injury damages from a bicycle accident caused by an at-fault driver?

You can recover for “economic” loss – your past and future “specials”, i.e. medical bills, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, gas mileage to and from your medical providers and even attendant care even by a family member. More importantly, you can also recover for your non-economic damages or pain and suffering – the past, present ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

What are causes of bike crashes and how might drivers avoid them?

  It bears repeating that those who practice “Vehicular Cycling” – riding their bike the way they drive their motorized vehicle – are in 75-80% fewer accidents! Causes of bike crashes include distracted driving due to: • Texting • Cell phone usage • Alcohol and/or drug usage Other causes include: • Lack of awareness of ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

What are the newest bike laws protecting Ohio cyclists?

  Progress is being made regarding laws that protect us as cyclists. 3-FOOT PASSING LAW: Ohio’s three-foot minimum safe distance passing requirement, ORC § 4511.27 http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4511.27 (A) (1) became effective March 21, 2017. DEAD RED EXCEPTION: The “dead red” exception permits a cyclist to stop, then safely enter an intersection on “dead red” – occurring ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

What are bike laws every cyclist should know?

  1. A bicycle is a “vehicle”. Bikes don’t BLOCK traffic, they ARE traffic! http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4501.01(A) (K) 2. Riding your bike the way you drive your car: “Vehicular Cycling” http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4511.01 (A) (G) 3. Bikes are lawfully ridden on the roads (except for limited access roads/highways/freeways) http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4511.55 4. Bicycles cannot be confined to sidewalks http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4511.711 In fact, ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

What is the history of Ken’s bike law practice?

  I’ve been a Trial Lawyer for 39 years, and like many of us I have enjoyed bike riding since childhood. Since starting cycling with friends and then joining larger cycling groups, cycling is a big part of my life. I continue reaping the physical and psychological benefits and enjoying the challenge, camaraderie, the fresh ...Continue reading »

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Kenneth Knabe

THE “POSTER CHILD” CASE FOR HIRING AN ATTORNEY WHEN INJURED IN AN AUTO OR BIKE ACCIDENT- Bailey v. Vaughn, 2017-Ohio-7725 September 21, 2017

Highly qualified Super Lawyer & Experienced Cyclist Kenneth Knabe – Protecting Cyclists in Greater Cleveland through injury representation, sponsorships, education and Vision Zero safety legislation. 216-228-7200. 14222 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107. ken@KLFOhio.com www.KLFOhio.com In a very recent decision, the Court of Appeals of Cuyahoga County upheld a settlement by a pro se (unrepresented) auto ...Continue reading »

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Posted on September 26, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

What to do after a Bike Crash caused by an Unsafe Driver?

If you are the victim of a bicycle accident it is important to know what to do in that stressful situation. This blog will help you understand the steps you should take after an accident.

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Posted on April 19, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

What should I do if I am injured in a car accident?

Highly qualified Super Lawyer & Experienced Attorney Kenneth Knabe. Knabe Law Firm Co., LPA: 14222 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107. Phone: 216-228-7200. If you are in a car crash, you should follow these ten rules: Call the police. Make sure a police report is filed. Talk to witnesses and get their names and numbers, if ...Continue reading »

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Kenneth Knabe

Bicycle Safety Primer 2018

Highly qualified Super Lawyer & Experienced Cyclist Kenneth Knabe – Protecting Cyclists in Greater Cleveland through injury representation, sponsorships, safety education and Vision Zero legislation. Knabe Law Firm Co., LPA: 14222 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107. Phone: 216-228-7200. Some Safety Tips as a refresher before heading out on the road in 2018! LEGALLY REQUIRED 1) ...Continue reading »

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Posted on April 16, 2018 by Kenneth Knabe

Ohio’s 3-Foot Passing law, Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §4511.27 and ORC §4511.132—the “dead red” exception—eff. 3-21-17

Highly qualified Super Lawyer & Experienced Cyclist Kenneth Knabe – Protecting Cyclists in Greater Cleveland through injury representation, sponsorships, education and Vision Zero safety legislation. Knabe Law Firm Co., LPA: 14222 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107. Phone: 216-228-7200. Bicycling is the second-most popular outdoor activity; commuter cycling is also on a steady upswing with an ...Continue reading »

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Posted on April 13, 2018 by Kenneth Knabe

Bicyclist ticketed for a traffic offense: no points assessed on their Driver’s License. Ohio Statute: Ohio Revised Code (O.R.C.) §4511.52.

Highly qualified Super Lawyer & Experienced Cyclist Kenneth Knabe – Protecting Cyclists in Ohio through injury representation, sponsorships, education and Vision Zero safety legislation. Knabe Law Firm Co., LPA: 14222 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107. Phone: 216-228-7200. Under Ohio Law, a bicycle is defined as a vehicle: a cyclist must obey all traffic rules applicable ...Continue reading »

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Posted on October 4, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

Ohio & Greater Cleveland laws on Bicycle “dooring” accidents ORC §4511.70(C)

Highly qualified Super Lawyer & Experienced Cyclist Kenneth Knabe – Protecting Cyclists in Greater Cleveland through injury representation, sponsorships, education and Vision Zero safety legislation.  Knabe Law Firm Co., LPA: 14222 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107.  Phone: 216 228 7200. ken@klfohio.com www.klfohio.com With thanks to WKYC’s “The Investigator” Tom Meyer for including me in his ...Continue reading »

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Posted on July 18, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

Cyclist Duties Under Ohio Law

Since bicycles are considered vehicles, bicycles are lawfully allowed on almost all roads, and bicyclists cannot be confined to riding on the sidewalk. Many local ordinances prohibit riding on the sidewalk and many sidewalks contain hazards not found on the road.

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Posted on April 21, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

Cyclist Law: Rights and Responsibilities

Ohio law requires cyclists and drivers to share the road within the following legal parameters. Knowing your legal rights and responsibilities is vital for all cyclists’ riding safety, enjoyment and experience.

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Posted on April 19, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

Can a bicyclist go through a red light after Ohio Revised Code § 4511.132 (A) went into effect on March 21, 2017?

Ohio's new "Dead Red" law for bicyclists doesn't allow cyclists to run red lights! Only when the light sensor won't activities, can you ride through a red light and only if it is safe to do so!

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Posted on January 5, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

The Confluence of Bicycles and Cars: Rights and Responsibilities

Bicyclists and motorists must understand they have equal rights to the road! Sharing is better than fighting! Knowledge,and education of the law will promote this goal of harmony.

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Posted on December 29, 2016 by Kenneth Knabe

Am. H. B. No. 154; Ohio’s Three Foot Bicycle passing Law

Ohio now requires 3 feet safe distance when a car passes a cyclist!

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Posted on December 26, 2016 by Kenneth Knabe

Solon Ohio Bicycle Laws

In Solon whenever a person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, the person, before overtaking and passing a blind person carrying a white or metallic cane, shall give an audible signal and the right-of-way to the blind person. Click to find out more!

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Posted on April 19, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

University Heights Ohio Bicycle Laws

In University Heights whenever a person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk or street, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before attempting to overtake and pass a pedestrian or another bicycle. Click to learn more!

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Posted on April 19, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

Cleveland Heights Ohio Bicycle Laws

In Cleveland Heights you are to use both hands upon the handle grips except when necessary to give the required hand and arm signals.

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Posted on April 19, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

Bay Village, Ohio Bicycle Laws

If you break the law while enjoying a nice ride in Bay Village, the Police can impound your bicycle. Click to learn more!

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Posted on April 19, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

Cleveland Ohio Bicycle Laws

In Cleveland you may not operate a bicycle without due regard for the safety and rights of pedestrians and drivers and occupants of all other vehicles, and so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person while in the lawful use of the streets or sidewalks or any other public or private property.

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Posted on April 19, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

Euclid Ohio Bicycle Laws

In Euclid riding your bicycle in the business district is not permitted. Click on the blog to learn more laws!

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Posted on April 19, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

Rocky River Ohio Bicycle Laws

Lights and reflectors are required to ride your bicycle in Rocky River, Ohio.

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Posted on April 19, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

Lakewood Ohio Bicycle Laws

In Lakewood, Ohio a person operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk, before overtaking and passing a blind person carrying a white cane or guided by a dog, shall dismount and overtake or pass on foot, if necessary for safety.

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Posted on April 13, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

Westlake Ohio Bicycle Laws

Westlake, Ohio requires bicycles registration. You must lock your bike when parked, You can ride on the sidewalk unless prohibited but you must always yield to pedestrians and walk your bike through an intersection. You must have an activated front white and a red rear light at night and during the day if it rains or is foggy.

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Posted on March 3, 2017 by Kenneth Knabe

Dog bite or attack causing injury in Greater Cleveland area

DOG BITE OR ATTACK  CAUSING INJURY IN GREATER CLEVELAND AREA Highly qualified Super Lawyer & Experienced Cyclist Kenneth Knabe – Protecting Cyclists in Greater Cleveland through injury representation, sponsorships, education and Vision Zero safety legislation. 14222 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107. 216-228-7200. ken@KLFOhio.com www.KLFOhio.com Ohio has a very strong, almost strict, liability law for a dog ...Continue reading »

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Posted on September 23, 2016 by Kenneth Knabe

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