Although riding a motorcycle in Ohio can be a fun and exhilarating experience, it is also very dangerous. Conditions are not always perfect, and even experienced riders can be involved in crashes that could leave them with permanent disabilities. The risks of suffering catastrophic injuries are much more significant for motorcyclists than for motorists.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, millions of motorcycles are registered nationwide, including in Ohio, and thousands of them lose their lives in accidents each year. Leather coverings and helmets provide only partial protection, and fractured bones and brain trauma can occur without penetration wounds. With no other protection, various types of injuries can lead to permanent disabilities.
Along with psychological trauma, spinal cord trauma could lead to paralysis, and neurotrauma can result in physical and cognitive limitations. Complete or partial amputations could follow motorcycle accidents, and physical deformation of limbs can result in mobility impairments. Such accidents can even cause sensory disabilities, such as deafness or blindness. Many motorcycle accidents occur because the riders become complacent, thinking their experience will keep them safe.
The disastrous effects that limb loss and severe disability can have on victims of motorcycle crashes include physical, psychological and economic consequences. Along with the costs of long-term medical treatment and therapy might come the inability to continue working and earning an income. An experienced Ohio personal injury attorney can assess the viability of a civil lawsuit and then advocate for the client in pursuit of recovery of monetary and non-monetary damages.