With the last nice bit of weather about to end for the season, motorcyclists are taking every last day they can to get their motorcycles out for a drive before the cold weather comes. Many motorcyclists are very responsible when it comes to their choice to drive a motorcycle, and that includes putting their motorcycle away for the winter when the time comes. However, even the most responsible motorcyclists can be involved in motorcycle accidents. One such accident actually resulted in the death of a man this fall.
There are many reasons to love riding a motorcycle. While all motorcycles will be tucked away for the season come the closing of fall, the reality is that many motorcyclists could still be struggling from motorcycle accident injuries that happened earlier this summer. Many motorcycle accident victims suffer due to the actions or inactions of another motor vehicle driver. Failure to yield is a particular issue that motorcyclists often face in connection with their motorcycle accident injuries.
One moment, everything is fine: you're cruising around on your motorcycle with the wind in your face, the sun on the horizon. The next thing you know, you awake to beeping hospital machines and the panic of not knowing where you are or what happened. That's how quick motorcycle accident injuries can happen and that's how quick it can change your life forever. It is worth it to find out if your motorcycle accident injuries are potentially compensable.
When motorists are traveling in the same direction of traffic, they rarely expect that a vehicle would suddenly change direction. However, anything can happen out on Cincinnati roads, as a recent fatal motorcycle accident near Columbia Parkway teaches us. The investigation has concluded and it was determined that an illegal U-turn was made that resulted in the motorcyclist's fatality.
The modern vehicles that Cincinnati residents drive are equipped with many safety features. In addition to mirrors that give them the ability to see around their vehicles, drivers also benefit from blind spot warnings, back up cameras and other electronic tools that were not available to vehicles of generations past. However, the most important tool that a driver can use when commuting down the road is not something that is an add-on feature to their vehicle: it is their attention.
Motorcycle accidents can result in catastrophic injuries to victims who are comparatively more vulnerable on the roadways then drivers and passengers of motor vehicles. Victims of motorcycle accidents can suffer severe head and brain injuries that may disrupt their everyday way of life, which is why they should be familiar with the legal resources available to help them.
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.
Traumatic brain injuries contribute to deaths and cause permanent disability in the United States each year. In fact, traumatic brain injuries are a contributing factor in a third of all injury-related deaths in the United States. During 2010, approximately 2.5 million victims suffered a traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries can range in severity, but are always likely to be physically, financially and emotionally costly to victims and their families.
Unfortunately, motorcycle riders can be victims of careless or inattentive drivers and the consequences can be devastating. In a nearby Ohio community north of the Cincinnati area, a motorcycle accident recently resulted in serious injuries to the motorcycle rider. The motorcycle accident occurred as the driver of a passenger vehicle was turning onto the road the motorcycle was travelling on. The driver of the passenger vehicle was stopped at a stop sign but failed to yield as she proceeded from the stop sign onto the road the motorcycle was travelling on.
A previous blog post discussed how motorcyclists in Ohio and throughout the country face an increased risk of becoming involved in an accident and sustaining serious injuries. Because motorcyclists do not have the same protection as people riding in cars, they are more likely to suffer catastrophic, even fatal, injuries from accidents that are often caused by distracted or otherwise negligent drivers.