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Cyclist seriously injured after Whitewater collision

A Cincinnati man was recently injured when a 1997 Jeep Limited SUV struck him while he was riding a bicycle in Whitewater Township. The bike and vehicle were both traveling southbound on Route 128 when the SUV veered to the right and collided with the bike, which was reportedly on the right side of the white line. The car accident remains under investigation.

The driver was not injured, but the cyclist sustained serious injuries that required airlifting him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He remains hospitalized in critical condition. Authorities have not yet indicated whether or not the driver will be cited, but they stated in a press release that neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have contributed to the accident. 

The accident investigation report could play a vital role in the disbursement of damages. A serious accident can result in lost wages, rehabilitation, death, long-term care, disability or significant lifestyle changes. By seeking damages through a personal injury claim, those affected by an accident can curb costs and attempt to live life as normally as possible.

Drivers have a responsibility to pay attention and respect cyclists and pedestrians on roadways. A negligent driver could be responsible for paying damages to someone they injure while operating a vehicle. Insurance policies could cover some of the costs associated with an accident, but the injured person may need further compensation. The family of a cyclist or pedestrian who becomes incapacitated or dies as a result of an accident might also benefit from speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney who may determine a fair settlement offer or take the case to court if necessary.

Source: WCPO-TV, "Bicyclist in critical condition after being struck by car on SR 128 in Hooven," March 20, 2013 

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