Inexperienced motorcycle riders can cause serious accidents in Ohio. Riding a motorcycle is becoming more popular across the United States. Unfortunately, many motorcyclists do not have the necessary training to ride a motorcycle safely. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in an accident caused by an inexperienced motorcycle rider, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our lawyers have helped many clients recover damages against negligent drivers. Contact our Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer today to schedule your initial consultation and learn how we can fight for your right to compensation for your injuries.
Inexperienced Motorcyclists Are Dangerous
The first year of riding a motorcycle is often the most dangerous. Riding a motorcycle requires a unique skill set. In Ohio, motorcyclists must meet specific requirements to ride a motorcycle lawfully. However, many motorcyclists do not even have a valid motorcycle license. According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration, in 2017, 29 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal accidents did not have a valid motorcycle license. Additionally, Ohio only requires a minimum level of experience riding a motorcycle before they will issue a license.
Motorcycle accidents often occur when an inexperienced motorcyclist is not able to respond to dangerous circumstances. For example, inexperienced motorcyclists may not be able to swerve to avoid a pothole or road debris in time. In other situations, inexperienced motorcyclists simply fail to handle their motorcycle properly, causing the motorcycle to swerve into another vehicle and cause an accident.
Common Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Motorcycle Riders
The more experience a motorcyclist has, the more likely he or she is to avoid causing accidents. New and inexperienced motorcycle riders have the potential to make the following dangerous mistakes on Cincinnati roads:
- Failure to follow the speed limit
- Failure to drive safely according to road conditions and weather conditions
- Riding a motorcycle while distracted
- Failure to check both ways at an intersection or a four-way stop
- Failure to follow traffic regulations
- Operating a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Failure to pull over safely for emergency vehicles
- Failure to use a turn signal when turning or changing lanes
- Failure to observe the driver’s surroundings before making a left-hand turn
- Failure to maintain a safe following distance with the car in front
Seeking Compensation Through an Insurance Settlement
When an inexperienced rider causes an accident, the injured party has a right to submit a claim with the motorcyclist’s auto insurance policy. Seeking compensation from an insurance policy is a common way to recover damages. Insurance companies in Ohio are notorious for offering an initial settlement that is far too low. The lawyers at Jones Kahan Law, LLC have extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of our clients. When an insurance company denies a claim, we help clients file an appeal or move forward with a civil lawsuit against the at-fault motorcyclist.
Seeking Compensation Through a Personal Injury Lawsuit
When seeking compensation through an insurance settlement is not the best option, the injured party may need to file a personal injury lawsuit. The injured party has a right to file a lawsuit against the inexperienced motorcyclist whose negligence caused their injuries. The injured party will benefit from an experienced lawyer to help build a compelling case against the negligent driver.
The legal team at Jones Kahan Law, LLC, conducts a thorough investigation into our client’s cases. We compile all available evidence to prove the negligence of the motorcyclist. Evidence often includes police reports, video footage of the accident, eyewitness testimony, expert witness testimony, photos of the accident, and police reports. In some cases, the defendant or the insurance company will offer a favorable settlement amount during the trial process.
Damages Available for an Inexperienced Motorcycle Rider Accident
At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, our personal injury lawyers understand how challenging it is to recover from a motorcycle accident. Victims of motorcycle accidents are often in serious pain and unable to enjoy their life. Experiencing medical bills mounting up while being unable to work causes motorcycle accident victims to worry about the future.
When another person’s inexperienced and negligent driving of a motorcycle caused your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Ohio laws allow an injured party to file a personal injury lawsuit against those who cause their injuries. Successful plaintiffs can recover the resulting financial damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit:
- Lost wages
- The cost of past and future medical bills related to your injuries
- Lost earning capacity in the future
- The cost of any necessary physical and occupational therapy
- Compensation for pain and suffering, including treatment for mental health issues
- The cost of any property damage to your motor vehicle
- The cost of financial losses for the wrongful death of a loved one killed in the accident
Our Experienced Inexperienced Motorcycle Rider Accident Attorney Can Help
At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, recovering the financial compensation our clients need is our number one goal. Motorcycle accidents caused by inexperienced motorcyclists often cause serious physical injuries. Our lawyers have a proven track record of recovering high-value settlements and verdicts in Cincinnati personal injury lawsuits. Contact our law firm today to learn how our well-integrated team of professionals can help you fight hard for the compensation you deserve.