The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA reports that compared to the average passenger vehicle, motorcycles are 35 times more prone to being involved in a traffic accident.
The NHTSA also states that in 2013, more than 4,600 motorcyclists were killed in vehicular traffic accidents across the country, with another 88,000 motorcyclists sustaining injuries. That year, more than 120 motorcyclists were killed in Ohio traffic accidents, while over 2,910 injuries were reported. Unfortunately, many insurance companies and drivers are quick to put the blame on motorcyclists for such accidents without investigating the facts.
Motorcycle accident injuries
Compared to other motorists, motorcyclists face an increased risk of injury due to a lack of safety features such as seatbelts, airbags, and other safety devices that can normally be found in cars and trucks.
Except for their helmets, motorcyclists have very little protection from other vehicles and outside elements. Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can therefore be severe and even life-threatening, and can require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. These injuries may include:
- Severe head trauma
- Brain damage
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Loss of limbs
Causes of motorcycle accidents
Motorcyclists enjoy the same driving rights as the other drivers they share the road with. Sadly, cars and trucks do not always respect these rights, often resulting in accidents caused by other drivers.
Motorbike accidents can occur for any number of reasons, including driver negligence. Common negligent acts of other drivers that may result in an accident are:
- Failing to yield right of way to a motorcycle
- Swerving in front of a motorcyclist
- Failing to obey the speed limit
- Cutting off a motorcyclist at an intersection
- Failing to see a motorcyclist entering or changing lanes
- Driving under the influence
- Not paying attention to other drivers on the road
Of course, there are also incidents when the motorcyclist is at fault. Common causes of motorcycle accidents stemming from operator error are:
- Rider inexperience
- Lane splitting
- Overbraking, running wide on a curve, and other rider errors
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Other causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Poor weather conditions
- Poor road conditions
- Malfunctioning or defective motorcycle parts
Compassionate motorcycle accident lawyer ready to help
Motorcycle accident vs car accident claims can be very complex in nature, as dealing with insurance companies and other parties can be a very lengthy and frustrating process. If you or a loved have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Ohio, call The Fitch Law Firm as soon as possible. We can examine your case and help you seek financial compensation for the injuries you have sustained. You may be eligible to collect a recovery for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses and damages.
We are here to fight for you and help you get the justice you deserve. Call The Fitch Law Firm at 855-LAW-OHIO or fill out our online consultation form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.