Learn about the common causes of motorcycle accidents and discover tips for preventing crashes
As peak motorcycle season begins in Ohio, officials are urging drivers to pay close attention to motorcyclists and take steps to avoid causing serious accidents.
In a recent statement published by 96.3 XKE News, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine emphasized the importance of the state's new distracted driving law, which requires all drivers to put their phones down and remain alert behind the wheel.
"There are over 400,000 registered motorcycles on Ohio's roadways and safety is everyone's responsibility," Governor DeWine said in the statement.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents continue to be a serious problem in Ohio. However, injured riders have recourse through the civil justice system.
If you or a loved one was injured in an Ohio motorcycle accident, Gervelis Law Firm can fight for the financial compensation you deserve. That's because our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys have helped many injured Ohio motorcyclists seek justice and hold negligent drivers accountable.
Ohio motorcycle accident statistics
Over the past decade, motorcycle accidents have become increasingly common in Ohio. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ohio had 162 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2021. However, in 2022, the Ohio Department of Public Safety reported 209 motorcycle accident deaths statewide, marking a 29 percent increase over the past 10 years.
These statistics are alarming, and they highlight the need for greater awareness and precautions to protect motorcyclists. Here are a few more startling statistics:
- Motorcyclists were involved in 18 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities statewide in 2022.
- The majority (81 percent) of motorcycle accidents in Ohio occur between May and October.
- More than half (53 percent) of motorcycle crashes in Ohio occur on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
By staying alert, avoiding distractions, and following traffic laws, drivers can help prevent motorcycle accidents and protect the safety of all who share Ohio's roadways.
Leading causes of motorcycle accidents
Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents in Ohio are caused by reckless or negligent drivers. Here are some common examples of crashes involving motorcyclists caused by dangerous driving behaviors:
- Drivers who fail to share the road with motorcyclists and collide with them.
- Drivers who claim they didn't see a motorcyclist and hit them while changing lanes.
- Left-turn accidents caused by drivers who turn left at an intersection and collide with a motorcyclist proceeding straight.
- Speeding drivers who cannot slow down in time and end up crashing into a motorcyclist.
- Aggressive drivers who tailgate motorcyclists and cause rear-end crashes.
- Distracted drivers, particularly those who are texting, not paying attention, and colliding with motorcyclists.
- Drunk drivers who fail to notice they're sharing the road with motorcyclists.
Keep in mind that staying alert, following traffic laws, and keeping a safe distance from motorcycles are some simple yet effective ways to prevent these tragic accidents.
How can you prevent a motorcycle accident?
May is recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month across the United States, and state and federal officials are urging everyone to take steps to prevent motorcycle accidents.
"Motorcycle crashes are 100 percent preventable," Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Andy Wilson said in a statement published by 96.3 XKE News. "With more motorcycles on the road this time of year, drivers must look for riders who may be in their blind spots and always share the road with riders, but never share the lane."
There are several ways that motorists can prevent motorcycle accidents. Here are a few key tips:
- Stay aware and alert: Motorists should always be mindful of their surroundings and stay alert for motorcyclists on the road. Avoid distractions like using your phone or adjusting the radio, and keep your focus on the task of driving.
- Check your blind spots: Motorcycles can be harder to see than other vehicles, so it's important to check your blind spots before changing lanes or turning.
- Give motorcycles plenty of space: Motorcycles may need to make sudden stops or maneuvers to avoid hazards on the road. Make sure to give them plenty of space and avoid tailgating or crowding them. Remember, motorcycles have a much shorter stopping distance than cars, trucks, and SUVs.
- Use your turn signals: Always use your turn signals when changing lanes or turning, and give motorcycles plenty of warning before you make a move.
- Look twice at intersections: Many motorcycle accidents occur at intersections, so it's important to look twice before proceeding through a green light or making a turn.
Unfortunately, it only takes one reckless driver to cause a motorcycle accident that results in severe injury or death. That's why it's so important for drivers to do their part to prevent accidents and ensure that everyone can safely enjoy Ohio's roads.
Motorcycle accident lawyers proudly serving Ohio
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Ohio that wasn't your fault, you might think you don't need a lawyer to recover compensation for your losses. However, many motorcyclists are unfairly blamed for crashes they didn't cause, and insurance companies often try to deny or minimize their claims to save money.
At Gervelis Law Firm, we believe that injured motorcyclists deserve justice and fair compensation for their losses. Our motorcycle accident lawyers know all the tricks that insurance companies use to avoid paying claims, and we're committed to fighting for our clients' rights.
When you turn to us for legal representation, we'll work with you to build a strong case that holds the responsible parties accountable and demands fair financial compensation. Our team has a proven track record of success in Ohio motorcycle accident cases, and we're here to help you get the results you deserve.
Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation. We have offices throughout Ohio (Youngstown, Canfield, Warren, Akron, Columbus, and Toledo), and we're ready to fight for you.