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Put safety first despite the partial helmet laws in Ohio

The fairly mild winter thus far hasn't made the roads unfavorable for motorcycle riders. With that in mind, now is the perfect time for a little reminder about safety for our valued Ohio motorcycle riders. One of the most important things bikers can do is to ride with an appropriate helmet on. These helmets can help to prevent traumatic brain injuries in some accidents.

When motorcycle riders get into an accident, they are often thrown from the bike. They can hit the pavement, the other vehicle, the bike or a host of other items that are at the scene. That can mean devastating injuries. Not only are these injuries life-altering, they can also cause financial devastation.

Of course, our readers who are bikers know that there isn't a universal helmet law in Ohio. Instead, there is a partial helmet law that requires only those who are 17 years old and younger to wear helmets on motorcycles. That doesn't leave much incentive other than for safety for motorcycle riders to wear helmets in this state.

For bikers who are involved in an accident, the cost associated with medical care following the accident can be high. Rehabilitation and care after the hospital stay can mean the cost moves even higher. That cost can eat away at personal savings or cause serious financial troubles.

Any motorcycle rider who is injured in an accident that was caused by someone else's negligence has the right to seek compensation for the associated costs. Determining who to hold liable is the starting point of seeking compensation. Since there might be multiple parties to hold liable, scrutinizing the evidence and moving on from there is vital to ensure your case is presented properly.

Source: Cleveland.com, "Lives, medical costs could be spared with universal helmet laws: Dr. Andrew Russman, Cleveland Clinic" Dr. Andrew Russman, Dec. 22, 2014

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