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Cincinnati Motorcycle Passenger Injury Attorney

If you’ve suffered an injury as a motorcycle passenger, the skilled motorcycle accident attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC can help. When a passenger becomes injured in a motorcycle accident, the passenger may have the right to file a lawsuit to recover damages. When you become our client, we will help you obtain the just compensation that you deserve.

Motorcycle Passenger Rights in a Personal Injury Claim

Passengers have no control when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle passengers usually cannot prevent an accident from happening. Depending on the facts of the case, an injured motorcycle passenger may be able to bring a lawsuit against the party whose negligence caused the accident. The driver of the motorcycle you were on, other drivers, or possibly the municipality in which the accident took place may be liable for your injuries.

At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, we can review the facts of your case to determine who was at fault in the motorcycle accident that caused your injuries. Our legal team can help you decide the best legal strategy for seeking compensation, whether that is filing an insurance claim or filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Motorcycle Accidents that Do Not Involve Other Vehicles

What happens when a motorcycle passenger suffers an injury and the motorcyclist caused the accident? What if the injured motorcycle passenger was on the back of a motorcycle when the rider recklessly ran a stoplight and caused a collision? What happens when a drunk motorcyclist collides into another moving vehicle, and the passenger becomes injured? In these situations, the motorcyclist can be liable for the injuries suffered by the passenger.

Under Ohio law, motorcycle operators owe their passengers a duty to use reasonable care in the safe operation of their motorcycles. When a motorcyclist breaches this duty, the operator is responsible for any damages caused by his or her negligence. If a motorcyclist’s negligence or recklessness caused your injuries as a passenger, you have a right to file personal injury lawsuit against to recover damages.

Motorcycle Accidents Involving Other Motor Vehicles

Determining fault in multi-vehicle accidents can be challenging. Two-vehicle motorcycle accidents often happen when drivers fail to see the motorcyclists. Drivers can negligently change lanes and, in doing so, sideswipe motorcyclists. When the driver of another vehicle caused the accident, a motorcycle passenger has a legal right to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.

What happens when the motorcyclist and another driver are both at fault for the accident? In this case, the injured motorcycle passenger may have a legal right to bring a lawsuit against both the motorcycle driver and the other driver. When a hit-and-run accident occurs, the injured motorcycle passenger can attempt to recover compensation from the motorcycle driver’s uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. In some cases, the passenger can recover compensation through his or her uninsured motorist coverage.

Common Motorcycle Passenger Injuries in Cincinnati

In a Cincinnati motorcycle accident, the motorcycle passenger is the most at-risk for suffering severe injuries. Motorcycle passengers do not have control over motorcycles, and they cannot prevent motorcycle accidents. Passengers are more likely to suffer from traumatic brain injuries, and they often fly off of the motorcycle because they do not have the steering column to hold on to in an accident like motorcycle riders. Common motorcycle passenger injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Lacerations
  • “Road burns” from asphalt
  • Concussions
  • Bone fractures
  • Limb amputations

Traumatic Brain Injuries Suffered By Motorcycle Passengers

Traumatic brain injuries are the most common motorcycle passenger injuries. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when the head suffers a severe blow causing a skull fracture, brain swelling, or a brain hemorrhage. When motorcycle passengers are involved in accidents, they are often thrown from the motorcycle and hit their head against the pavement. Even when the skull does not become fractured, the brain can crash back and forth against the skull, causing the tearing of nerve fibers, bruising, and bleeding. When the brain swells, a lack of oxygen can cause significant brain damage. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to serious neurological complications and developmental disabilities. The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include the following:

  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Depression
  • Emotional disturbances or irritability
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Poor concentration
  • Visual problems
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Loss of consciousness

The effect of a traumatic brain injury depends on several factors. Swelling and bleeding in the brain can require surgery and a stay in the neuroscience intensive care unit. When a TBI causes a patient to become unconscious, doctors attempt to resuscitate the patient. The effects of a traumatic brain injury can last for a lifetime. Patients with moderate to severe TBI may need regular rehabilitative therapy. Some lose the ability to care for themselves.

Our Passenger Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help

If you or a loved has been seriously injured as a motorcycle passenger, speaking to experienced personal injury lawyers is imperative. At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, we have a proven track record of securing favorable settlements from insurance companies and in personal injury lawsuits. Contact our personal injury law firm today to schedule your free case evaluation.