Riding a motorcycle is freeing, yet at the same time, there come risks that no motorcyclists should have to put up with. Passenger vehicles and large trucks pose an immense threat to the life and limb of all motorcyclists due to their unfair size advantage. A lack of driver visibility, and more importantly a lack of driver care and concern causes thousands of motorcyclist fatalities each year and hundreds of thousands of injuries. If you were the victim of a motorcycle crash caused by a negligent driver, contact the Toledo motorcycle accident attorneys of Groth & Associates today for assistance.
A DEADLY TREND
Ohio motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise for the past six years now, with 200 fatalities alone in 2016, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol. While total traffic collision fatalities have been on the rise in the past few years, not all user groups have been as negatively affected as motorcyclists. When roads become unsafe due to congestion, aggressive and careless driving, and drivers on cell phones, vulnerable users, such as motorcyclists, are hit the hardest.
HOLDING NEGLIGENT DRIVERS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS, EVEN WHEN YOU DO NOT REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED
To be financially compensated, you must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the other driver, or drivers, caused the crash. To do this, you must know how the crash occurred. As a severely injured victim, you may not have a clear memory of what happened. While all motorcyclists know that they must have their heads on a swivel at all times, especially through intersections and busy multi-lane traffic, they cannot be expected to know who hit them from behind, or what make and model the car was that pulled out in front of them at night during the rush hour commute. We employ expert witnesses, work closely with law enforcement and crash scene investigators, and, when necessary, use forensic traffic wreck analysis to essentially recreate the crash scene to find out which party is responsible for your injuries. We never blindly trust what is in a crash report or what the other driver claims that happened. We know how important it is to absolve our clients from all fault, and in so doing, guarantee that they will collect 100 percent of the damages available that are owed to them.
COMMON MOTORCYCLE COLLISION CAUSES
Some of the more common causes of motorcycle collisions include the following:
- Driver right hooks motorcyclist while making a right hand turn onto a side street, cutting the motorcyclist off;
- Driver changes lane without looking over their shoulder or in their mirrors properly;
- Driver drifts out of lane due to distraction, usually caused by looking down at their phone;
- Driver rear-ends motorcyclist due to tailgating, or when failing to come to a stop at an intersection (due to looking down at cell phone or other distraction);
- Driver runs red light or stop sign;
- Aggressive driving;
- Driving under the influence; and
- Drowsy driving.
YOUR INJURIES DETERMINE YOUR DAMAGES AND TO A LARGE EXTENT, YOUR FINANCIAL COMPENSATION
Motorcyclist injuries and fatalities have been rising since 1997, according to recent research published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The more severe your injury, the more compensation you will be eligible for in terms of medical bills, pain and suffering, lost earning capacity, disability, loss of joy of life, psychological trauma, and permanent scarring or disfigurement, etc. Some of the more common injuries that we help clients recover damages from include the following;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Thoracic (spine) injuries, which are the most prevalent among older riders;
- Road rash;
- Contusions and lacerations;
- Broken limbs and ribs;
- Chronic back pain; and
- Torn ligaments and joint damage.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Toledo for Help
Being fairly compensated after a motorcycle crash is important for your bank account and your sense of justice being served, as our legal system is woefully slack on careless and reckless drivers, even with they seriously maim or kill. Financial compensation can go a long way to pay for the medical procedures necessary to bring you back, as well as healing your state of mind with knowledge that your financial future does not involve bankruptcy. For these reasons, it is vital to maximize your compensation to the highest level, and to work with a professional law firm that has time and again achieved tremendous results for clients like you. We invite you to schedule a free consultation with one of our Toledo motorcycle accident lawyers today at the law offices of Groth & Associates.