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Important protections for victims of motorcycle accidents

In an Ohio community a few hours north of the Cincinnati area, a recent fatal motorcycle accident claimed the life of a 27-year-old motorcycle rider. The motorcycle accident occurred when the motorcycle rider was traveling east and a driver of a pickup pulled out of a private drive in front of the motorcycle to head west. When the pickup truck collided with the motorcycle, the motorcycle accident victim was ejected from the motorcycle and struck the guardrail. The motorcycle accident victim was killed as a result of the accident.

A motorcycle accident can result in serious injuries to the victim, or even death. Motorcycle accident victims may suffer damages, as is also true of surviving family members following a fatal motorcycle accident. Because of the damages victims of motorcycle accidents may suffer, personal injury legal options are available to motorcycle accident victims to help them recover compensation for their damages resulting from a motorcycle accident. Likewise, surviving family members of a victim of a fatal motorcycle accident may also be able to seek compensation of their damages through a wrongful death claim for damages.

Physical, financial and emotional damages that may be available to injured motorcycle accident victims include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages associated with their injuries. In addition, surviving family members may be able to recover compensation for their emotional and financial losses, including funeral expenses and damages for the loss of support and services, among other types of damages, depending on the circumstances and characteristics of the victim.

When a motorcycle rider has been negligently harmed or killed in a motorcycle accident because of the negligence of another driver, liability to the victims for their damages may arise. As a result, motorcycle accident victims and their family members should be familiar with the legal protections available to them.

Source: The Blade, "Motorcyclist dead in weekend crash," April 22, 2018

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