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Why are Ohio motorcycle accidents so often fatal?

For motorcycle riders, there is almost nothing more frightening than the thought of being involved in an accident. This is partially because of the severity of the injuries that can be suffered in an Ohio motorcycle accident.

For motorcycle riders, injuries are five times more likely to occur than for someone in a car. Motorcycle riders are also more likely to die in a car accident than someone in a car. By an estimate published on FindLaw, a motorcyclist fatality is around 26 times more likely than a car rider fatality.

Why are motorcycle riders so likely to be injured or killed?

Motorcycles don't have the protections of cars because of the open and compact design of the motorcycles. There aren't any barriers between the rider and the road or other obstacles. When a motorcycle is struck by another vehicle, the rider is sometimes thrown from the bike, which can lead to harsh impacts with the roadway.

What causes motorcycle accidents?

An overwhelming percentage of motorcycle accidents -- around two-thirds -- are caused by other drivers on the roadway not giving motorcycles the right of way due to the motorcyclist. In some cases, this is the result of the other driver not paying attention, which means they are less likely to see the smaller motorcycle if it isn't in clear view.

Other causes of motorcycle accidents include obstacles in the roadway, such as loose rocks or road hazards, and improperly aligned wheels that cause the motorcycle to wobble. In these cases, the motorcycle driver might lose control of the motorcycle and have an accident.

What can motorcyclists do if they are injured in an accident?

When a motorcycle rider is hurt in an accident, they should first get medical care. After that, they can determine if they would like to seek compensation from the party responsible for the accident. Because of complex laws, this might be another driver, the entity responsible for the upkeep of the road or the motorcycle manufacturer. Knowing how to interpret Ohio laws can help the injured motorcyclist determine who is at fault.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview" Sep. 01, 2014

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