Motorcycles are a frequent sight on the road in Ohio. While the majority of drivers will share the road with a motorcyclist and do so making sure that everyone is safe, motorcycle unawareness is a common problem that can lead to a crash. Failure to yield, lack of judgment and driving while distracted are all frequent causes of a motorcycle accident. Compounding the issues that go along with a motorcycle accident is the vulnerability of the rider or riders. This can result in severe injuries and even fatalities.
Because a motorcyclist is not accorded the protection that a person in a car is, even an accident that does not appear to be significant can cause major injuries and death. There can be broken bones, head injuries, loss of limbs and more. The motorcyclist will miss time at work and face massive medical costs as he or she is hospitalized, has surgery and requires rehabilitation. Head injuries can occur whether the person was wearing a helmet or not. The injured motorcyclist might need to have constant care for the rest of his or her life and will never fully recover.
A fatality can deprive a family of a loved one who might have been a stay-at-home parent, a breadwinner, a young person who was beginning life or an older person who was looking forward to the golden years and retirement. Insurance companies will try to make a settlement offer to preclude what could be a costly legal filing, but when the offer is calculated in comparison with the loss, it is rarely sufficient.
In order to receive adequate compensation for financial and personal loss, it is important to discuss the matter with an attorney who is experienced in the ins and outs of a motorcycle accident. A biker who was hurt or the family of one who has died as a result of an accident need to protect their interests by discussing a potential legal case with an attorney as soon as possible.