A real rider, a real trial lawyer, for real bicycle injuries!
Greater Cleveland’s Bike Attorney Ken Knabe
Greater Cleveland’s Bike Attorney Ken Knabe is an avid, experienced cyclist and a highly qualified injury attorney. He represents fellow cyclists injured by unsafe drivers – he takes it personally when a fellow rider is injured by an unsafe driver, since he is subject to the very same dangers! He works tirelessly on bike sponsorship, education and legislation for safer conditions for all cyclists. Ken is a Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyer who understands both the legalities of a bike accident and the personal injury law aspects. He has taught other lawyers how to handle bike accident cases, published articles on bike law and has appeared on television and radio.
How Can an Experienced Bike Injury Attorney Like Ken Help Cyclists Injured by Unsafe Drivers?
Bike accidents are unique. The bike, the accessories and the lingo are unique. A real bike attorney is an actual rider who is familiar with the modern road bike, and the accessories. Why? They are property which must be reimbursed fairly. Even more importantly, they may be evidence of a cyclist’s serious injuries: the cracked bike helmet, the torn/ripped or blood-stained jersey and/or bibs. The bike and all damages should be preserved! Any video footage of the crash scene should be identified and preserved as well as any GoPro, Garmin or Strava video or data.
Causes/Types of Bicycle Crashes
Causes of bike crashes often include distracted driving, speed and inexperience. Often drivers fail to look for or anticipate cyclists on the road even though cyclists have an absolute right to ride on the road (except closed access highways). Ohio cyclists can never legally be confined to the sidewalks or the all-purpose trail.
Types of bike crashes include: The Rear Ender: Just how it sounds, cyclists get hit by a car from behind. The Left Turn: A car turning left turns directly in front of an oncoming cyclist. The Right Hook, Part 1: A car passes a cyclist on the left, then turns right directly in front of the cyclist. The Right Hook, Part 2: A cyclist on the right is passing a slow-moving car, then it turns directly into the cyclist. The Intersection: A driver goes through a red light or stop sign and hits a cyclist with the right of way. The Unsafe Passing: A driver passes a cyclist and sideswipes the cyclist, violating Ohio’s 3-Feet Safe Passing Law. Dooring: When a driver carelessly opens the door of their parked car into a bicyclist passing on the left.
A cyclist should have a plan for coping with a crash, should one unfortunately happen. To that end I’ve created a handy acronym: “P.H.O.N.E.”!
P is for Police: call the police and insist on a report, no matter what!
H is for Healthcare: seek immediate medical treatment for injuries.
O is for Observation: get the driver’s contact and insurance info, and names of all witnesses, or try to make sure the police or other witnesses obtain this vital information.
N is for Notification: call Bike Injury Attorney Ken Knabe at 1-216-228-7200 or after hours at 1-216-272-8535 BEFORE you talk to the driver’s liability adjuster. The adjusters are pros for the insurance companies – hire a pro for yourself!
E is for Evidence: don’t let the driver move their car OR your bicycle. Be sure to keep all damaged property including the bike frame, cracked helmet, ripped clothing and accessories. Look for any cameras on buildings for video footage. Preserve GoPro videos as well as Garmin and Strava data.
Knabe Law Firm has a supply of laminated P.H.O.N.E. cards, as small as a driver’s license and as easy to carry in the back pocket of a cycling jersey. Feel free to stop by our office for a complementary card. Additionally, the flipside of these cards contains a CYCLING ARSENAL with all current favorable Ohio cycling laws that all cyclists should have at their fingertips, should any issue arise while on the road.
Call for a Free Consultation
For a free consultation, call now at 1-216-228-7200 or 1-216-272-8595 after hours or fill out our online contact form. Ken will respond promptly. He can arrange evening, weekend and at hospital appointments. You will receive Ken’s personalized attention and the benefit of his 30+ years of legal experience.
Bike Attorney Ken Knabe’s Commitment to the Bicycle Community
Ken supports the bike community through membership in, and corporate sponsorship of Bike Cleveland and as co-author of its BIKES and THE LAW section, board member of the Ohio Bike Federation, board member of the Ohio To Erie Bike Trail (OTET), a GOBA sponsor, and sponsor of several local bike race teams. He is a member of many of the Greater Cleveland and North East Ohio bike clubs and provides free bike law safety talks to clubs upon request. He is a Kilo Level sponsor of Cleveland Velodrome and an Advocate sponsor of the League of American Bicyclists. Finally, he is a subcommittee co-chair with Cleveland's Vision Zero Legislation Task Force with the goal "zero" deaths and serious injuries for all road users with a widespread systems approach. Even one death or injury on the road is too many!
" A car hit me while I was riding my bicycle in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Mr. Knabe prepared legal action on my behalf, which included his hiring an accident reconstruction expert who prepared a scale diagram of the scene. This refuted the driver’s version of the crash and supported mine. The at-fault driver’s insurance company settled at a mediation meeting with their offer going from zero to multiple six figures! The crash was a difficult experience for me, and Ken’s compassion, dedication, and expertise resulted in the best possible outcome. He is an avid cyclist himself who cares about and knows how to protect cyclists by properly and thoroughly handling a bike injury claim. I very highly recommend him to any cyclist involved in a serious crash caused by an unsafe driver. "