Cincinnati Motorcycle Accidents are a Leading Source of Injuries and Road Fatalities
The chances of dying or being seriously injured on the road dramatically increase for motorcyclists each time they drive. Motorcyclists are around 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled.
In 2013, there were 4,668 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and an estimated 88,000 motorcyclists injured. In the same year, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities—94 percent were riders and six percent were passengers.
Over 50 percent of the motorcycles involved in fatal crashes saw a collision with a motor vehicle, most of which were head-on collisions. Motorcycles, however, are just as frequently involved in fatal collisions with fixed objects on or near roads.
With that said, research conducted by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that in Cincinnati motorcycle accidents occurring between motorcyclists and cars, the motorcyclist was either not at fault or less at fault than the other driver 80 percent of the time.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio personal injury attorney. After serious Cincinnati motorcycle accidents, victims should contact a legal professional to investigate the cause.
Common Causes of Cincinnati Motorcycle Accidents
Reckless Driving—driving errors may cause a significant number of accidents on the road. Poor driving behavior may include unsafe lane changes, lane splitting, speeding, sudden stops, or right of way misjudgments. Small driving errors become more dangerous when involving a motorcycle simply because motorcycles are far more vulnerable.
Drunk Driving—unfortunately, a large percentage of fatal motorcycle accidents involve alcohol abuse each year. Those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may face both civil and criminal penalties.
Poor Road Conditions—broken pavement, potholes, debris, and road hazards like a lack of necessary signals and signs can increase the risk of an accident.
Motorcycle Defects—manufacturers and dealerships who sell poorly designed or manufactured motorcycle parts may be held liable if the products are responsible for any injuries or deaths.
Negligent Driving—a leading cause of motorcycle crashes is the negligent driving of drivers of other motorists. Findings from some safety studies show that the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of automobile drivers, which may be as simple as not properly paying attention.
Speeding—in 2015, about one-third of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding, according to NHTSA. Considering many bikes are not equipped with anti-lock brakes, and have a small margin for error, speeding can be a deadly mistake. The higher the speed, the more severe the consequences of an accident.
Unlicensed Drivers—Twenty-seven percent of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes in 2015 did not have a valid license. It is critical to be licensed and trained to know the risks and rules of the road.
Dangerous Types of Motorcycles—a 2007 report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) concluded that super-sport motorcycles kill nearly four times more drivers than other types of motorcycles.
Cincinnati Motorcycle Accidents & Injuries
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.
Accident injuries may include the following:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Spinal Injuries
- Head & Facial Fractures
- Serious Road Rash
- Arm & Leg Fractures
- Limb Amputations
- Severe Nerve Damage
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a motorcycle accident, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding Cincinnati motorcycle accidents.