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Cincinnati Motorcycle Crash Lawyers
Crashes that involve motorcycles often result in severe injuries or death to motorcyclists. There were nearly 4,000 motorcycle accidents in Ohio in 2017, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety; based on data from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Buckeye State has averaged more than 150 motorcycle accident fatalities per year over the past five years.
The experienced Cincinnati injury attorneys at Young, Reverman & Mazzei understand the long-term financial impacts a catastrophic injury or wrongful death can have on victims and their families. If you were hurt or a family member was killed in a motorcycle crash, our lawyers are here to help you pursue the compensation you need to cope with medical costs and other expenses.
Please call us today at 800-721-1678 or contact us online for your free consultation. We’re proud to represent clients from the greater Cincinnati area, including Dearborn County in Indiana and Boone County, Campbell County and Kenton County in Kentucky.
Factors in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles are obviously smaller than most other passenger vehicles on the road, and riders lack the protections of those in cars and trucks. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by passenger vehicle drivers who fail to notice motorcycles as they turn or make lane changes.
Other common contributing factors in motorcycle crashes include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Faulty motorcycle or defective motorcycle parts
- Hazardous road conditions, including poor road maintenance
According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 40 percent of all motorcycle accidents occur when the driver of another vehicle turns left while the motorcycle is traveling straight or attempting to pass the other vehicle.
Motorcycle Crashes and Severe Injuries
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding a motorcycle accident, the risk to the motorcyclist is high. Because a motorcycle can’t contain its rider in the event of a collision, bikers are often thrown from their motorcycles, which increases the risk of catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and paralysis.
In fact, motorcycle accidents have higher rates of severe injuries and fatalities than passenger vehicle accidents. Motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to be killed in a crash than passenger vehicle drivers, according to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Common injuries in motorcycle accidents include:
- “Road rash,” or friction burns and scrapes from contact with pavement
- Broken and fractured bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Amputation injuries
Legs and feet are the most common injury points. According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30 percent of all nonfatal motorcycle crash injuries involve broken bones in the legs and feet. While injuries such as road rash and broken bones may heal relatively quickly, motorcycle accident injuries often require costly, long-term care.
Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana
Helmet use has proven to decrease the rates of deaths and catastrophic injuries in motorcycle crashes, but fewer than half of states have universal helmet laws.
Ohio doesn’t have a mandatory helmet law, but the state does require that anyone under 18 wear a helmet while riding on a motorcycle. Ohio’s motorcycle law also requires that eye protection be worn by anyone operating or riding on a motorcycle.
Kentucky doesn’t have a mandatory helmet law for those over age 21, but those under 21 must wear a helmet while driving or riding on a motorcycle. Kentucky’s motorcycle law also requires a helmet for those with an instruction permit or those who have had a motorcycle license for less than one year.
Indiana law requires that anyone under 18 who rides on a motorcycle wear a helmet. Although the state does not mandate helmet use for motorcyclists over age 18, Indiana does recommend that all riders wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet.
Compensation for Motorcycle Crash Injury Victims
For injury victims, motorcycle crashes are typically accompanied by heavy physical, financial and emotional burdens. These burdens are compounded when insurance providers fail to provide just settlements; in fact, insurance companies and their attorneys often try to shift blame for the accidents to the motorcyclists to protect their bottom lines.
Working with a knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer can help ensure you receive the compensation you need to cope with:
- Current and future medical costs
- Lost wages or loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
If a loved one was killed in a motorcycle crash caused by another’s negligence, our attorneys may be able to help you and other surviving family members pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Motorcycle Crash Lawyers Serving Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana
The Cincinnati law firm of Young, Reverman & Mazzei has fought for the rights of injured bikers since 1972. Our lawyers understand the unique factors involved in motorcycle accidents, as well as the challenges faced by injury victims and their families.
We provide free consultations to educate you about your options, and our attorneys work on a contingent-fee basis, which means you don’t pay unless we successfully resolve your case. Call us today at 800-721-1678 or contact us online to tell us your story now.
We represent clients from the greater Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, areas including injury victims from Dearborn County in Indiana and Boone County, Campbell County and Kenton County in Kentucky. Please see our Locations page for a complete list of our tri-state offices and directions.