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Helmets save lives in motorcycle accidents

Because motorcyclists are more exposed than car or truck drivers, when motorcyclists are involved in an accident, they are more likely to suffer injuries than drivers of other types of vehicles to get injured. One of the best things motorcyclists can do to prevent serious injury to themselves is to wear a helmet.

Ohio requires helmets only for younger and less-experienced motorcycle riders. Still, wearing a helmet is a good idea for every biker. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wearing a helmet reduces the risk of death in a crash by 37 percent and reduces the risk of head injury by 69 percent.

Unfortunately, while motorcyclists may take all necessary precautions, crashes still happen. In a significant percentage of crashes involving both a motorcycle and another vehicle, the accident is caused by the other driver violating the motorcyclist's right of way. While the motorcyclist may be able to minimize the injuries in these accidents by wearing a helmet and other protective gear, there is only so much protection these things can give. When a motorcyclist is thrown from his or bike at freeway speeds, broken bones and road rash are practically impossible to avoid.

When the accident is caused by someone else's negligence, such as when a car driver overlooks a motorcyclist when taking a turn, the careless driver may be held liable for his or her actions.

A motorcyclist's injuries in an accident are often very serious, and come with huge medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. When damages are this extensive, it's important to have the help of attorneys with experience in motorcycle accident litigation.

Source: cdc.gov, "Injury Prevention & Control: Motor Vehicle Safety," accessed Aug. 4, 2015

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