The Columbus, Ohio motorcycle lawyers at GBM Law include counsel who have driving motorcycles for over 30 years. We understand the dangers that motorcyclists face while sharing the road with carless motorists driving cars and trucks. Our understanding and experience has enabled us to successfully prosecute the most difficult motorcycle cases, recovering millions for our clients. It is important for injured riders and their families to work with an attorney who has years of experience handling these cases.
Even the most skilled and experienced motorcyclists may be involved in a collision, simply because many drivers fail to see motorcyclists on the road. On average, there are eight motorcycle accidents per day in Ohio resulting in injury (3,100 per year), and three accidents per week resulting in death (150 per year). Motorcycles make up about 2% of registered vehicles in the United States, yet motorcyclists make up 5% of all vehicle collision fatalities.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
You have a case if you were injured while driving a motorcycle because another motorist failed to abide by the rules of the road. The court may look at whether you exercised reasonable care under the circumstances, but in many cases, responsibility for an accident and liability will be agreed upon in a settlement, without going to trial. The police report, witness recollection and the physical damage to the vehicles can all establish the sequence of events that happened and which party or parties were at fault for an accident.
Get Help From An Experienced Lawyer After Motorcycle Accident
Our experienced attorney will track down all of the important evidence including 911 Calls, witness statements, photos and videos of the scene and the vehicles. We will contact the first responders including the law enforcement to compare our evidence with the evidence collected by the investigating authorities. We will work with experts in the field of Accident Reconstruction and your doctors to properly prove your case. There is no shortcut to receiving full justice and you need an experienced legal team protecting your rights.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered?
Our lawyers handle the negotiations with the insurance company so that you are fully compensated for all of your losses including:
Property damage to your motorcycle including any accessories
Medical bills for past and future medical bills
Lost income and future lost income due to your injuries.
Physical pain and emotional suffering
Loss of enjoyment of life
The inability to enjoy your hobbies and other decreases in your quality of life
The inability to engage in the activities of daily life
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) provides information and statistics about motorcycle crashes reported in Ohio:
2014: 140 motorcycle fatalities
2015: 163 motorcycle fatalities
2016: 200 motorcycle fatalities
2017: 157 motorcycle fatalities
2018: 144 motorcycle fatalities.
The leading cause of death in motorcycle accident is a traumatic brain injury. Along with the 140-200 deaths each year in motorcycle accidents, there are about 3,100 non-fatal injuries resulting from collisions. Some of the most common injuries in motorcycle accidents include:
Head and brain injuries
Bone fractures to the legs and arms
Spinal cord injuries
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
The most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
Speeding, or driving too slowly
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Failing to signal while turning
Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
Disobeying traffic signs or signals
Failing to drive on the right side of the road
Intentional or reckless conduct
To learn more about your legal rights following an Ohio motorcycle accident, contact GBM Law for a free consultation. Getting fully compensated for your personal injury claim requires an experienced lawyer who understands you and your case.
For more information feel free to call us at (614) 222-4444 or fill out a case evaluation form.