Serious auto injuries and motorcycle accidents often happen through no fault of the injured party, yet the victim suffers from life-altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.
Motorcyclists are about 25 times more likely to lose their lives on the road than drivers of passenger vehicles. Motorcycle injuries can be life changing and may require many years of medical treatment that can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash, no matter whether it was caused by a road defect or the negligence of a passenger vehicle, you may be eligible for compensation.
Despite having a less reckless reputation on the road, many more drivers of cruiser bikes are killed each year, compared to drivers of other kinds of motorcycles. These grim statistics are mainly due to the fact that more cruiser bikes like Harleys and similar models are sold in the United States.
Each style of bike, however, has its own safety issues, and each represents a sizable risk to drivers. Astonishingly, there is a 6 percent chance of experiencing a bike accident each time a motorcyclist hits the road in Ohio.
Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists’ risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater than a passenger car, and around 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death.
According the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), deaths caused by motorcycle accidents have increased almost every year since 2000, and roughly 4,700 motorcycle-related deaths occurred in 2015. Cruiser bike deaths far outnumber any other type of motorcycle death rate.
Over half of new motorcycle sales in the country are cruisers, due to the huge influence that Harley-Davidson has on the American motorcycle market. Therefore, cruisers dominant motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities. Forty-one percent of motorcyclist deaths in 2015 occurred in single-vehicle crashes, and the remainder occurred in multiple-vehicle crashes.
Road safety experts are critical of certain bike manufacturers like Harley-Davidson, Victory and Indian for encouraging a sort of style and bike culture associated with “macho” and “outlaw” driving behavior that is sure to increase the risks for drivers and others on the road.
While safe driving should be of utmost importance for anyone driving a motorcycle, critics say looking the part and engaging in reckless driving acts are sometimes placed before safe road awareness. Some common factors involved in road injuries and deaths in Ohio include failure to wear helmets and other protective gear, driving intoxicated, speeding, and reckless group driving.
Super-sport motorcycles are bikes built for racing platforms but are modified for normal roadways and sold to consumers. Sport bikes are popular with younger riders, typically under 30 years of age.
Super-sport motorcycles are light weight with powerful engines, and typically have more horsepower per pound than other bikes. They are built primarily for speed with little regard for road safety of any kind.
Sport bikes are nimble and quick, but also deadly. These motorcycles make up less than 10 percent of registered motorcycles but account for around one in four of rider deaths.
Data provided by the Institute and Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shows that super-sport motorcycles have the highest death rates of any style bike on the road. Drivers of sport bikes have a fatality rate nearly four times higher than rates for motorcyclists for all other types of bikes.
Motorcyclist fatalities have more than doubled in the last 15 years, and account for more than 10 percent of total highway fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Motorcycle deaths accounted for only 5 percent of all U.S. motor vehicle deaths in 1997, but represented 14 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in 2013.
The concerning fatality rate, far exceeding the number of deaths recorded during the 1990s, continues to rise at the same time automobile traffic deaths have dropped. While car and truck safety features have improved, safety measures for motorcycles have lagged, endangering all sport riders as well as other motorcyclists. Helmet laws remain relaxed in many states. Only 19 of the 50 states have universal helmet laws, and as a result helmet use is typically below 50 percent.
Also, several models of motorcycles are not equipped with anti-lock brake systems. The rate of fatal crashes is more than 30 percent lower for motorcycles equipped with ABS.
For many reasons, motorcyclists are more vulnerable to the external environment, the weather, poor road conditions, and objects on the road. The size of a bike generally is not a factor in injury sustained as the lack of a protective cab presents the same risks.
Around half of motorcycle accidents involve a collision with other types of motor vehicles, and the others involve hitting road fixtures. In the end, both impacts can easily cause severe injury and death. An experienced auto negligence attorney and motorcycle accident lawyer can investigate the cause or causes of an incident and determine the negligent parties, whether they are other drivers, bike manufacturers, dealerships, or those responsible for maintaining city roads.
If a negligent motorist causes an accident and injures another individual, the negligent party is responsible for the damage and cost of injuries and lost wages that result from the accident. An attorney may be able to recover significant compensation for the following:
Following Motorcycle Accidents, The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent motorists and bike companies to obtain just compensation under the law.
(Brown County, Kentucky): The Lyon Firm was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving children’s education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.
(Cincinnati, Ohio): The Lyon Firm was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. This case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.