During 2016, 202 fatal crashes in Ohio involved motorcycles. Another 3,232 motorcycle wrecks in Ohio that year inflicted injuries. Nearly 40 percent of these deadly and disabling collisions resulted from another driver’s negligence or recklessness. If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, please call one of our Columbus motorcycle accident lawyer for a free consultation.
The Columbus-based motorcycle accident attorneys with Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman proudly offer our services to riders harmed by inattentive, speeding, and — too often — drunk and drugged drivers. We understand that even the most experienced and cautious motorcyclist must depend to a great extent on the responsible and respectful actions of people behind the wheels of cars and trucks.
A driver who fails to check his blind spots when turning, merging, or changing lanes can kill or injure a motorcycle rider. So can a driver who fails to yield right of way when she attempts to make a left turn. Many scientific explanations exist for why drivers can have difficulty seeing bikers, estimating a motorcycle’s speed, and judging a motorcyclist’s distance from an intersection. Those realities combine to mean exactly that drivers have legal and personal duties to watch for motorcycles and to err on the side of caution in waiting for a motorcycle rider to move past.
Motorcycle riders have very little protection from disabling and fatal injuries. A helmet and heavy clothing cannot take the place of the side panels, crumple zones, and airbags present in all modern cars and trucks.
A “good” accident for a motorcycle rider leaves the motorcyclist with serious bruises and lacerations. Broken bones are almost unavoidable for a person knocked off of or ejected from a motorcycle. Traumatic brain injuries coupled with skull fractures and major facial injuries are common. And, as noted, death often results when a car or truck crashes into a motorcycle.
Seeking advice and representation from a Columbus motorcycle accident lawyer will help a seriously injured motorcyclist deal with insurance company representatives. This matters because a crash victim needs to focus on his or her recovery instead of fighting off pressure to accept a quick and insufficient settlement.
Relying on a dedicated plaintiff’s attorney to handle communications with the insurance company also matters because the insurer will do all it can to prove that the motorcyclist caused the collision and, as the person responsible for inflicting his or her own injuries, does not deserve payments on claims. The rider’s lawyer will collect, organize, and present evidence to counter such arguments.
When the worst happens and a loved one dies in a crash caused by another driver, a caring Columbus, Ohio, motorcycle accident attorney can help the surviving family members navigate the legal complexities of pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit. And if the at-fault driver was operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash, the family’s legal representative can explore the possibility of asking for punitive damages, which are noncriminal fines assessed by a civil court jury to penalize reckless behavior.
To recover your Motorcycle accident-related losses, hire an Columbus motorcycle accident lawyer to help you file a personal injury claim. You can discuss your legal options for filing insurance claims or pursuing a civil lawsuit for personal injuries or a wrongful death by calling Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman at (614) 221-3318. We offer free, no-pressure consultations, and we also take appointments online through this contact form.