Cleveland Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Ohio Motorcycle Accident Claims
Because of the design of motorcycles, bikers are extremely vulnerable when on the road. If they are involved in an accident, they are more likely than a passenger in a vehicle to sustain serious injury, and in extreme cases, death. Since 2015, over 3,000 motorcycle accidents have happened each year on Ohio roads. Every year, over 100 of those are fatal collisions, and more than 1,000 are injury-causing. Although bikers may practice defensive riding, sometimes collisions with negligent or reckless motorists can't be anticipated or avoided. If you or a loved one was harmed in a motorcycle accident caused by another person, reach out to Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly to discuss your legal options.
At our firm, our Cleveland motorcycle accident attorneys are aware of the substantial harm that can result from these types of crashes. We also know that medical treatment for injuries can lead to hefty bills and an inability to return to life as normal. When you turn to us for legal representation, we can thoroughly investigate your case, determine liability, and work toward recovering just compensation on your behalf. We believe that you shouldn't be stuck with financial burdens that resulted from someone else's negligence. That is why we will fight relentlessly for you.
Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Ohio
Motorcycle accidents can happen in a variety of ways: A driver might have been distracted and turned left in front of the biker without seeing them, an intoxicated driver might have weaved into the biker's lane and hit them, or a motorist might have collided with a motorcyclist while changing lanes. Those are just a few of the causes of motorcycle accidents, but whatever the reason, the rider may suffer serious injury as a result.
Some examples of injuries that may occur in a motorcycle accident include:
- Head and neck injuries: A helmet can save a rider's life, but they may still suffer an injury, such as a concussion, when their head makes impact with the asphalt. Additionally, the sudden jolt of the neck after being hit by a vehicle or falling onto the ground can cause injury to the spine, ligaments, muscles, and tissue in that area of the body.
- Road rash: In some motorcycle accidents, the rider is flung from their bike and skids across the asphalt. The movement can result in layers of skin being peeled away. In some cases, it can expose the muscle, tissue, and bone underneath.
- Arm injuries: When people start falling, their natural tendency is to protect themselves by extending their arms. Typically, motorcyclists do this when they are flung from their bikes during an accident. Because of the speed at which they're traveling, upon impact, they may suffer broken arms, shoulders, elbows, and/or fingers. Additionally, they may sustain permanent nerve damage.
- Leg injuries: In a motorcycle crash, the bike might fall on top of the rider, or the biker may be launched from the vehicle and suffer injuries to their lower extremities, such as a broken leg or twisted ankle. In some cases, they might suffer lacerations or torn ligaments.
Often after a motorcycle accident, the rush of adrenaline prevents the rider from immediately recognizing that they have been injured. Regardless of how they are feeling right after the crash, it's essential that they seek medical attention to determine the extent of the harm suffered.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it's crucial that you get the medical care you need. Then, reach out to Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly to get started on your case.
Common Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents in Ohio
The following are the most common reasons for motorcycle accidents on roads and freeways.
Lane splitting, or lane sharing, happens when a biker drives through two lanes of stopped or slow-moving vehicles. It usually occurs during traffic jams. While Ohio doesn’t explicitly outlaw lane splitting, bikers could be cited for failing to drive in marked lanes or engaging in unsafe lane changing by law enforcement. So, bikers in Ohio could participate in lane splitting if they don’t mind risking the citation to get to their destinations more quickly. The danger in this practice is car drivers don’t always expect a motorcycle, or anything else for that matter, to be between their cars and the cars in the next lane. While they may check for large objects in the rearview mirror, they may not check again, during which time a biker could have driven into their way while they changed lanes. Bikers are also in much closer proximity to cars and have less room to maneuver if they need to get out of the way quickly.
Speeding can be dangerous in any vehicle, but it’s particularly deadly on motorcycles. According to statistics, half of the accidents involving a single motorcycle are caused by speeding or alcohol use. Motorcycles can go incredibly fast, particularly those designed for racing, such as supersport bikes. Their light frames and lack of protection make crashing a deadly experience for any driver, and the faster you go, the less control you have over the vehicle you’re driving.
Drinking alcohol and driving any vehicle is a poor decision, but it can lead to severe consequences for bikers in particular. Just as speeding can result in many crashes, alcohol makes its own contribution. Alcohol lowers the inhibitions of those who drink it, which means people are more likely to make poor decisions when driving, such as speeding. Likewise, it can influence the balance and coordination of the drinker. Because motorcycles require balance to drive them well and safely, a drunk biker can often lose that balance and fall over. At high speeds, this could be disastrous.
Motorcycles are less able to respond to dangers on the road than cars and other vehicles. While they are more maneuverable, if the driver doesn’t have enough time to avoid road hazards, such as potholes, road kill, ice, or sand, one of the wheels could slip over the hazard and take the driver down. These accidents are more likely to happen if drivers take blind corners at high speeds.
Around 56% of all motorcycle-related deaths involve crashes of motorcycles and other vehicles. In many of these accidents, the car strikes the motorcycle from the front. In only 5% of accidents, the car will hit the bike from behind. If there is a head-on collision between car and bike, the motorcyclist will often die as a result. As stated earlier, the fatality is largely the result of the severe lack of protection a motorcycle offers its driver. When bikes collide with fixed objects as well, it can lead to deadly results. Around 25% of motorcyclist deaths involve colliding with fixed objects, such as walls or trees.
Cars making left-hand turns account for about 42% of all accidents involving motorcycles and cars. When the turning car strikes a motorcycle, the bike is usually going straight through an intersection, passing the car, or trying to overtake the vehicle. While these types of accidents can also affect cars, again, the car offers more protection for its occupant than the motorcycle.
3 Ways to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
Most people know motorcycle riding is incredibly dangerous. More often than not, other drivers of larger vehicles are the biggest part of what makes riding such a hazardous activity. Drivers don’t often expect these smaller vehicles to be nearby when they make turns or change lanes, so they might not bother to check between lanes. If you’re a bike rider, here are 3 ways you can better avoid a disastrous accident on the road.
Defensive riding and driving include preparing for the worst always. As a defensive rider, you assume other vehicle owners on the road never see you. By making this assumption, you can automatically make tactical decisions to defend yourself by keeping a safe distance between your bike and other vehicles.
Use Protective Gear
Unlike car drivers, you do not have the benefit of a large metal cage to protect you in an accident. Because of this, people have designed different methods to protect bikers on the road. From leather gear to complete body armor to helmets, bikers have the option of many types of protective gear from which to choose. While it may be expensive, it is worth the investment if you do find yourself in an accident. How much is a good set of gear compared to extensive medical bills after a severe injury?
Avoid Driving Between Moving and Parked Vehicles
Dooring is one of the most common types of motorcycle and bike accidents. It happens when a parked car’s owner opens the driver’s side door without checking to see if anyone is coming. The sudden obstacle often causes a rider to crash into either the door or another car in the left lane as the biker tries to avoid the car door. Likewise, not all drivers signal before they pull out of a parking spot and into moving traffic. Keep in lanes that are constantly moving, so you don’t get caught by surprise.
Available 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week
If you’ve been injured on a motorcycle because of the negligence or carelessness of another person, don’t hesitate to talk to one of our Cleveland motorcycle accident attorneys as soon as possible. Our firm is dedicated to helping the victims of personal injury seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Our Cleveland personal injury team is prepared to deliver the effective and personalized representation you need. We can work hard at developing a compelling strategy for your case and protecting your rights.
- 75+ Years of Combined Experience
- A Team-Oriented Approach
- Available 24/7 for Our Clients
- Unmatched Work Ethic & Passion for Winning