Van Kills Molecular Scientist as He Rides Bike to Work

February 4, 2009, 39-year-old molecular scientist and bicyclist Kevin Black was killed while riding to work.

“A driver of a van … made an abrupt U-turn, causing Black to strike the van; the van’s tire then rolled over him,” said ballardnewstribune.com.

May 31, 2011, Black’s wife and two children settled their wrongful death lawsuit for $1.5 million.

“This was a preventable tragedy,” their attorney told reporters.

January 28, 2014, bicycle advocacy blog bikingbis.com reported that the nation’s capital had joined 22 states in passing “vulnerable user” laws, which require drivers to give bicyclists three feet of space when passing them. Ohio could be next if it passes House Bill 145.

In 2012, Cleveland passed a similar law, which also included the “right hook.”

“Avoiding the ‘right hook,’ where a car will pass a cyclist just before an intersection then turn right into the path of the bike, is among the intersection safety measures,” said newsnet5.com. “It was such a maneuver by a truck driver that killed cyclist Sylvia Bingham in 2009.”

If you were seriously injured in a bicycle accident, attorneys Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt welcome you to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation.

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First, Mellino Robenalt does not advertise. Attorneys and satisfied clients send us the majority of our cases. Others find us online.

Second, Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt are respected throughout northeast Ohio for their ability to dig below the surface to make sure no fact is overlooked. In fact, Chris has been involved in several cases that changed Ohio law, including Moskovitz v. Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1994) and Watkins_v._Cleveland_Clinic_Foundation (1998). In the latter, he and his previous partner were awarded the largest verdict in the state that year.

Third, some firms take every case that walks in the door and settle those cases for the first amount the defendant offers in order to pay for their next commercial to bring in even more clients. Mellino Robenalt only pursues compensation for patients who’ve suffered a severe injury or death. By limiting the number of claims we accept, we’re able to give each one the attention it deserves.

Last but not least, since 2010, Mellino Robenalt has been the only personal injury law firm in Cleveland to be accepted into Primerus, which screens potential members by speaking to judges, other lawyers, bar associations, clients, and insurance carriers about a firm’s integrity, work product, fee structure, education, civility, and community service.

If you have questions about filing a claim for your bicycle accident, attorneys Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt invite you to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation.

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