What’s Fair Compensation After an Ohio Motorcycle Accident?
Posted in: Motorcycle Accidents
KNR Legal Blog
Fatal motorcycle accident statistics for Ohio in 2013 are overwhelming. If you’ve lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in Ohio, consider consulting a wrongful death attorney immediately.
Number of Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
Fatal motorcycle accident statistics for Ohio in 2013, compiled by the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Traffic Crash Facts, cite 133 fatal motorcycle crashes. Most of these involved the motorcycle operator, though eight motorcycle passengers were also killed that year. According to 2013 Ohio fatal motorcycle accident statistics, most of the people killed were aged 51-55, followed by motorcycle operators aged 21-25, then by those aged 41-50. More fatal motorcycle accident statistics for 2013 Ohio: 43 of the motorcyclists killed were wearing a helmet at the time of accident, 83 were not. In seven instances, the victim’s helmet wearing status is unknown.
Fault for Fatal Injuries
The majority of fatal motorcycle accidents in 2013 were preventable, and the result of the error by either the motorcyclist or another motorist. Forty-three fatal motorcycle accidents were the fault of another driver; 78 the fault of the motorcyclist; four caused by animals; and seven by causes unknown or unstated. In the 2013 fatal accidents where the motorcyclist was at fault, alcohol sometimes played a role. 36 motorcycle operators were impaired at the time of the fatal accident, accounting for an overwhelming 25.5 percent of alcohol-impaired motorcyclists involved.
Recovering Compensation for the Loss of a Loved One
A fatal motorcycle accident can happen to anyone. If you’ve lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident that you believe was the fault of another driver, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim for benefits. A wrongful death claim can yield damages such as loss of support, loss of services, mental anguish and more, according Ohio Revised Code section 2115.02. However, the claim must be filed within two years of the time of death. For help with filing a wrongful death claim and recovering benefits after the loss of a family member, contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick. Our attorney will protect your rights. Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW.