Motorcycle accidents often have fatal outcomes, as the odds of a cyclist being killed in an accident are 35 times higher than an individual in another type of vehicle.
There are motorcycle safety campaigns, and organizations that remind drivers to “share the road” with motorcyclists, but there are still many motorcycle accidents.
Although some may not see the need, drivers on the roadways should allow a motorcyclist a full lane width in traffic. Several motorcycle accidents are caused when drivers do not do so and fail to leave a proper distance between their vehicle and the motorcycle.
Some drivers find it difficult to see motorcyclists on the roadways due to the small size of them compared to other vehicles. This can also make it difficult to judge their speed, further causing issues if drivers are not careful. Consult a Defiance County motorcycle accident lawyer to begin building an effective claim.
Injuries sustained from motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Trauma to the brain
- Internal and external injuries
- Broken bones
The odds of injury are very high in motorcycle accidents, so out of the almost 4,000 Ohio motorcycle accidents that occurred in 2011, there were many permanent injuries, as well as deaths.
If someone is involved in a motorcycle accident, it is oftentimes not their fault. As explained above, drivers can fail to see the motorcyclist due to its size, and likelihood to slip into blind spots. They may also fail to keep the proper distance between themselves and the motorcycle, again causing serious accidents.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may file a claim against the at-fault driver. Below there are three of the different situations in which a claim can be filed:
- If the at-fault driver is the operator of another vehicle, both the motorcyclist and passenger of the motorcycle can file a claim
- If the at-fault driver is the motorcyclist, the passenger of the motorcycle, as well as any other individual injured in the crash, can file a claim
- If the at-fault driver is the operator of another vehicle and has killed the motorcyclist or passenger of the motorcycle, the family members of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver
Contact a Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Defiance County motorcycle rights, you may have a case against the at-fault driver. If you call The Charles E. Boyk Law Offices at 800.637.8170, our Defiance County motorcycle accident lawyer can review the case and help you take the steps to compensation.
This type of accident is very stressful and life altering.Seek advisement from a trusted and experienced Defiance County motorcycle accident lawyer. You may also order a free copy of The Motorcycle Accident Book, allowing you to have information on hand when you need it.