Although motorcyclists are aware that their risk on the road is greater than that of people enclosed in the protective cages of cars, for them the exhilarating freedom of riding a motorcycle outweighs the increased risk. Nonetheless, the personal injuries sustained by motorcyclists in traffic accidents are often severe and sometimes catastrophic. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you need a strong personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
How Our Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help
We have excellent credentials, in-depth experience, and a track record of successful outcomes. More than that, from the moment we meet for our initial free consultation, you will find that we are respectful and compassionate, committed to giving you one-on-one attention. We will help you navigate the complicated and confusing legal system with the goal of winning you substantial compensation.
Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles are a very popular method of transportation in Ohio. As a matter of fact, Ohio ranks fourth out of the 50 states in motorcycle use. Unfortunately, this means that we have a higher number of motorcycle accidents as well. Too many of the motorcycle accidents that result in serious injuries or even wrongful death are caused by someone other than the motorcyclist.
We may be able to win you meaningful economic and non-economic damages if you have been the victim of a driver who was:
- Drunk or drug-impaired
- Fatigued or inattentive
- Distracted (e.g. eating, texting, reaching)
- Driving recklessly or violated your right of way
It is also possible that the negligent party was not another driver, but rather a county or state agency responsible for unrepaired potholes, debris on road, or dysfunctional traffic lights. In a similar vein, if you’ve been hurt because your motorcycle was manufactured and/or marketed with a defect, we may be able to win a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer or dealer.
It should be noted that motorcyclists are too often not seen at all by drivers who hit them. Because motorcycles are so much smaller than other vehicles, they are less visible, especially at night or on poorly lit roads; their single headlight may also be less visible to other drivers and they may be more easily lost in the other driver’s blindspot. Nonetheless, every driver on the road has a duty to be aware of all other vehicles, so if the other driver claims not to have seen you, that may not be reasonable excuse for causing you harm.
Catastrophic Injuries Are, Unfortunately, Common in Victims of a Motorcycle Accident
If you were riding a motorcycle and collided with another vehicle, you may have suffered a catastrophic injury such as:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury and possible paralysis
- Loss of sight, hearing, or sensation
- Organ damage or loss
- Neuromuscular damage that impairs mobility
- Cognitive impairment
What makes these injuries “catastrophic” is that they are usually permanent and will, therefore, alter the course of your life. Nonetheless, Jones Kahan’s capable motorcycle accident attorneys are just as well-prepared to fight for damages to compensate you for lesser injuries that temporarily disable you, like broken bones, severe cuts or serious burns.
Ohio Is an At-Fault and Modified Comparative Negligence State
Since Ohio is an at-fault state relative to traffic accidents, we have to file a claim for economic damages against the at-fault party’s insurance company. Also, you should know that Ohio adheres to the rule of comparative negligence, in which more than one party can be held responsible for the accident.
For instance, if another driver cuts you off, causing you serious harm, but the court finds that you were traveling over the speed limit at the time, it is possible that the damages awarded to you will be reduced by your perceived percentage of responsibility for the accident. In addition, Ohio is one of the states in which “modified” comparative negligence is the law. This means that if you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault for the accident, you will not be awarded any damages at all.
Contact Our Cincinnati Motorcycle Accident Attorney
At Jones Kahan Law, we are dedicated to fighting to win you the full compensation you deserve. If someone else caused you injuries, depending on the severity of those injuries and how disabling they are, you may be entitled to significant compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disfigurement
- Permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
You can depend on our skilled motorcycle accident attorneys to work diligently and effectively to bring you closure to this traumatic episode in your life and financial security going forward. Contact our office now for a consultation regarding your case.