Motorcycle accidents often cause minor to severe injuries, including road rash, traumatic brain injuries, facial fractures, spinal cord injuries, limb amputation, paralysis, and disfigurement. According to statistics from Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP), in 2019, there were 3,582 motorcycle-related crashes in Ohio, with about 1,450 minor injuries, 872 serious injuries, and 156 fatalities.
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be financially, mentally, and physically overwhelming. If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligent act, you may hold the responsible party accountable. Our attorneys can fight passionately to protect your rights and help pursue fair compensation to cover medical costs, lost wages, future medical treatment, and pain and suffering.
Peterson & Peterson is proud to represent motorcycle accident victims throughout Xenia, Ohio, and the neighboring communities of Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Greene County, and Clark County.
The period following a motorcycle accident can be quite frightening. You may be feeling hurt, frustrated, or confused about what to do next. Regardless, you have to stay calm, seek adequate medical treatment, take the required steps to establish fault and liability, and recover your rightful compensation. Here is what to do immediately following a motorcycle accident:
Seek Adequate Medical Treatment: Your health is paramount. Following the accident, visit a local emergency center or your regular doctor to receive immediate medical care for all injuries sustained.
Call the Police: If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, calling the police immediately is crucial. The official police report will be used to support your insurance claims or lawsuit.
Obtain Important Information: Collect all relevant information from all drivers involved in the accident. This includes name and address, phone number, insurance information, and license number.
Gather Necessary Documents: Gather all necessary documentation, including the police report, accident scene pictures, medical records, and witness statements. In addition, document all of your medical costs, medical treatments, doctor’s appointments, and how the motorcycle accident has affected your day-to-day life.
Record Details: Ensure that you document the details of what occurred during the accident as soon as you can. You should also gather information from witnesses who might have seen events leading up to the accident.
Contact Your Insurer: Report the accident to your insurance company or provider.
Hire a Personal Injury Attorney: Retain a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney to help you file claims or negotiate a settlement with the insurance provider.
To determine fault and liability in a motorcycle accident, the following factors may be considered:
Lane splitting refers to a situation whereby a motorcycle rides between lanes of slow or stalled traffic. Ohio laws prohibit lane splitting. It is viewed as an unsafe and unacceptable practice. If the motorcycle accident occurred as a result of lane splitting, the at-fault motorcyclist may face civil liability for damages.
Distracted driving is among the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. If the motorcyclist can establish that the other driver was distracted, the driver may be held liable for the accident.
In Ohio, motorcyclists are expected to adhere to the following safety guidelines:
Obey traffic signals, speed limits, and other traffic rules
Communicate your intentions with proper signals and brake lights
Maintain adequate space between you and other vehicles
Be visible by wearing proper clothing, using your headlight, and riding in the best lane position to see and be seen
Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and eye protection
It is vital that motorcyclists follow all safety regulations. Failure to do so puts the motorcyclist at a safety risk and they may be held responsible for the accident.
Being involved in a motorcycle accident or losing a loved one can cause significant, long-lasting ramifications. Consulting with an Ohio personal injury attorney is crucial to protect your rights and help you pursue fair financial compensation.
Our attorneys at Peterson & Peterson have devoted their careers to handling personal injury matters and protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims. As experienced personal injury attorneys, we can help you with the following:
Review your case and carry out a comprehensive investigation
Obtain important information and gather all the required documentation
Prove fault and liability
Determine and estimate case-value
Negotiate a settlement with the insurance company
File a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, if required
Our attorneys will fight passionately on your side to protect your rights and help you pursue fair financial compensation for your injuries, damages, pain and suffering, or loss.
If you or your loved one were hurt in a motorcycle accident involving a negligent party, call Peterson & Peterson today to schedule a free one-on-one case assessment. Our team will review your case and help you pursue fair compensation for your injuries and damages. We are proud to serve clients throughout Xenia, Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Greene County, and Clark County, Ohio. Call today to speak with a knowledgeable Ohio personal injury attorney and receive experienced legal guidance.