More than 133 fatal accidents were reported in Ohio in 2013, just a slight drip from the number of motorcyclists killed in accidents in 2012. Approximately 32 percent of those killed were not wearing their helmets.
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In Ohio, the partial helmet law requires that only riders under the age of 17 wear helmets. However, it is advisable that all riders wear helmets to protect themselves in case of an accident.
Responsible riding plays a big role in protecting yourself against an accident, as does a heightened sense of awareness. Although riders can practice safe habits, a negligence driver could be the cause of a serious accident with life threatening injuries.
Approximately 13,500 people take a motorcycle riding class in Ohio; the class is required for anyone under the age of 18 who wishes to obtain a motorcycle license. It is important that riders take this course or a refresher course on motorcycle safety.
Bikers are at-fault for accidents in about 57 percent of injury-causing accidents and between 59 to 74 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents. Many motorcycle accidents are due to lack of experience.
However, it is also the responsibility of vehicle drivers to watch for motorcycles, particularly in their blind spots. As motorcyclists do not have much protection, there really is no such thing as a minor motorcycle crash.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and more. Contact a Cincinnati personal injury attorney at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy today for your free consultation.