Motorcycle Accidents in Ohio
Ohio has no shortage of beautiful landscapes that are ideal settings for motorcyclists to partake in. From the stretch of Ohio State Route 164 in Northeast Ohio known as “Curve Heaven” to the “Tail of the Dragon” in Southeastern Ohio to Ohio State Route 555 (known as the “Triple Nickel”), the Buckeye State has no shortage of roads ideal for riding motorcycles.
The freedom felt on motorcycles carries certain risks, however, as other negligent motorists cause crashes that frequently have devastating results. Motorcyclists do not enjoy the same level of protection afforded to occupants of passenger vehicles and are thus far more susceptible to serious injuries that can lead to excess medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Kinds of Motorcycle Accidents in Ohio
Unfortunately, many motorcycle crashes share very similar causes. In many cases, another motorist is to blame. Some of the most frequent types of motorcycle accidents in Ohio include, but are not limited to:
- Left Turn Accidents — One of the most common kinds of crashes involves drivers turning left in front of oncoming motorcycles and leaving motorcyclists unable to avoid collisions.
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Accidents — Some drivers of passenger vehicles cause collisions because they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Lane Change Accidents — When traveling in the same direction, it is not uncommon for a passenger vehicle to strike a motorcyclist while attempting to change lanes.
- Rear-End Accidents — Failure to slow down or stop in time can result in a passenger vehicle hitting a motorcyclist from behind and throwing him or her from his or her bike.
- Open Door Accidents — Similar to the danger faced by bicyclists in urban settings, individuals who exit motor vehicles and open automobile doors without looking can also leave motorcyclists powerless to avoid collisions.
Some motorcycle crashes do not involve other vehicles, but a third party can still be liable if an accident was the result of a defective or improperly manufactured part.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Ohio
Motorcyclists are often thrown several feet when they are struck by other automobiles. Broken bones are perhaps the most common kinds of injuries in these cases, but the harm can often be much more severe.
Neck or back injuries may involve herniated discs. More serious cases can involve spinal cord injuries or possibly even result in paralysis. When a motorcyclist lands on his or her head, he or she may sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Any of these injuries can lead to the need for extensive—and costly—medical care and treatment. A negligent party is liable for the financial harm placed on such a victim.
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