Of all vehicle operators on Ohio’s roadways, motorcyclists are at the highest risk of injury or death if involved in a traffic collision. In fact, according to a February 2018 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists were 28 times more likely to lose their lives in traffic accidents than passenger car occupants (per vehicle mile traveled).
Why are riders at an increased risk harm? Even if a motorcyclist is wearing a properly fitted helmet approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT), along with reinforced gloves, boots, a jacket, pants, and other protective gear, the force of impact and contact with road can cause catastrophic injuries. Road rash, broken bones, internal organ damage, and spinal cord trauma are all possibilities in a motorcycle accident.
Victims of motorcycle collisions may require extensive medical care just to survive. They may remain permanently disabled or unable to return to the same line of work. They may be unable to ride again. Our Ohio motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help you take the only course of action you can after such an incident. We are here to help you pursue full justice against the party that caused your collision. This may be another driver, the manufacturer of a defective bike part, or any other individual or company that contributed to the crash.
From our offices in Elyria and Cleveland, we help motorcycle accident victims across Ohio. Call (440) 252-4399 for a free consultation with our Ohio motorcycle accident attorneys.
Liability in a Motorcycle Accident
In Ohio, if you were less than 50% at fault for your accident, the party who is primarily responsible can be held accountable for that percentage of your medical care, property damage, ongoing treatment, lost earnings, and much more.
The following are examples of negligent behavior that can lead to motorcycle accidents:
- Drunk driving
- Driving while distracted
- Texting while driving
- Following too closely
- Unsafe lane changes
- Red light and stop sign violations
- Intersection violations