Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Ohio

KNR fights so motorcycle accident victims recover max compensation and keep more of it.

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When a motorcycle is involved in a crash, the results can be catastrophic. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, reach out to KNR as soon as possible.

Legal Help for the Injured.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Ohio

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need representation from a skilled Ohio personal injury attorney. The driver at fault and their insurance company will look to reduce what they owe and put the blame on you. https://www.knrlegal.com/practice-areas/motorcycle-accidents/?preview=true

At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we have the experience, skill, and resources to hold the right party accountable and obtain maximum compensation after a motorcycle accident.

There’s a Better Way to Handle Motorcycle Accidents

Many of our lawyers have worked in the insurance industry or defending insurance claims and have a comprehensive understanding of how motorcycle accident claims work and what strategies insurance companies will use to try to fight your claim. That means our lawyers can anticipate the arguments the insurance companies and their lawyers will make and use that knowledge to build a strong case in your favor.

At KNR, we ask, “what more can we do?”

  • 30 + Attorneys– Over 5 centuries of legal experience.
  • 12 Ohio Offices – KNR is Ohio-wide & eager to help.
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Hurt on a Motorcycle?
KNR Can Help.

Motorcycle accidents can be very traumatic for the riders involved. Injuries can be catastrophic — or fatal — and families can be left shattered in the wake of a motorcycle crash. If you or a loved one was hurt in a motorcycle crash, you likely have many questions about your legal options and your future.

Ohio Motorcycle Accidents: Issues & Questions

We Handle ALL Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Ohio law provides motorcyclists with the same rights as other drivers on public roads. However, certain situations are highly dangerous for motorcycle riders. Careless or reckless drivers can easily cause a horrible accident with significant ramifications for motorcyclists. If you have been hurt because another driver forced you to lay your bike down, you have the right to seek compensation from the negligent party. However, Ohio Revised Code section 2305 only allows for legal claims to be filed within two years.

If you or a loved one were hurt in any of the following, we can explain your options.

  • Unsafe Lane Changes
  • Highway Accidents
  • Head-On Collisions
  • Hit & Run Accidents
  • Intersection Accidents
  • Failure to Maintain the Lane
  • Failure To Yield Accidents
  • Left Turn Accidents
  • Multi-Vehicle (Pile-Up) Accidents
  • Uninsured & Underinsured Driver Accidents

Common Causes of Ohio Motorcycle Accidents

Careless Drivers Often Fail To Notice Motorcycles

Those of us who take to the road must make sure that we are paying attention at all times when we are behind the wheel. It’s understandable for someone to be caught off guard by something suddenly entering their path, like another driver who swerves or a deer running into the road. However, drivers should always be aware of other motorists who are legally using the road, and they should know when the other driver has the right of way. If a driver is not paying attention or only making an effort for large cars or trucks, they might not see your motorcycle and could cause a horrible collision.

Scenarios where drivers may fail to notice motorcycles include:

  • Making a turn into oncoming traffic
  • Pulling out of a driveway onto a busy road
  • Failing to make a complete and proper stop at a light or stop sign
  • Making a lane change in busy traffic
  • Carelessly entering or exiting a highway on-ramp
  • Dangerously speeding around corners or sharp bends in the road
  • Recklessly driving through parking lots

Lane Sharing And Lane Splitting

Motorcycles’ narrow dimensions allow for more than one bike to easily fit within the width of a lane of traffic. Ohio law allows for two bikes to share a lane by traveling side by side. This is not considered to be particularly dangerous, and it can allow a group of motorcyclists to not be separated in heavy traffic. While legal, lane sharing can make collisions more likely if a motorcyclist is unaware of another biker’s intention to pull up beside them in their lane. If you are lane sharing with another bike, it’s important to pay close attention to turns and lane changes.

Lane splitting, on the other hand, is the act of driving in the middle of two lanes as you pass slow or stopped traffic. This is very dangerous and completely prohibited on Ohio roads. Lane splitting is not illegal in every state in the United States, and for this reason, some bikers traveling through Ohio will split two lanes of opposite traveling vehicles, unaware that they are breaking the law. Lane splitting often results in accidents such as head-on collisions, side-swipes, and being struck by opening car doors.

Defective Motorcycles and Road Hazards

While reckless drivers cause the majority of motorcycle accidents in Ohio, you can also be in a devastating wreck due to the careless actions of others who are not actually on the road. For example, accidents frequently happen between motorcyclists and objects that litter the road. Hazardous debris can be negligently left by maintenance workers, or they can fall off of vehicles that did not have their cargo properly secured. Since motorcycles do not have an exterior body like a car or truck, even a low-speed impact with a hazardous object can result in a terrible crash. If you or a motorcycle passenger were injured in an accident involving debris on the road, you may be entitled to recover damages from the party who made the road dangerous.

You can sustain a serious motorcycle accident if your bike was poorly assembled or had a defective part. Even a small vehicle failure can result in a deadly wreck. You have the right to seek damages from a negligent manufacturer or supplier who caused a bike to fail. However, these product liability suits can be very complex. Your lawyer will have to gather and review highly technical evidence in order to build a strong case for financial recovery. Of the many things that we would review in a defective motorcycle liability case, some would include:

  • Maintenance shop and product supplier records
  • Product recall history
  • Accident reconstruction data
  • Technical specifications of motorcycle parts and components
  • History of other similar motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Head Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries

While only riders under 18 are required to wear a helmet in Ohio, a helmet is the only thing that can protect your head when you’re on a motorcycle, and it has proven to be a beneficial piece of equipment. Protecting your head reduces your risk of a skull fracture or traumatic brain injury (TBI,) which can lead to permanent complications or death.

Neck and Spine Injuries

A helmet can protect your head, but your neck and spine remain exposed and vulnerable in an accident. Injury to your spinal cord can interfere with its sensory functions. As a result, you may experience numbness and tingling in your limbs, or even paralysis.

Road Rash

When a motorcyclist is in an accident, they are often thrown from their bike and skid along the road. This contact with the rough pavement can shred even the most protective gear, which can result in road rash. The level of road rash severity depends on how much of your skin came in contact with the road. At its worst, road rash can cause infection, permanent scarring, and nerve damage.

Amputations

Motorcycle drivers run the risk of losing a limb when they crash with a car or truck. Often, bikers also experience severe limb damage that will never heal. Therefore, their limbs must be amputated.

Biker’s Arm

Biker’s Arm is another common type of motorcycle injury. When a biker feels that they are about to be thrown from their bike, they instinctively put up an arm to shield themselves from the impact on the road. Because this arm receives the brunt of the contact, the biker can suffer anything from nerve damage to paralysis, or an even more severe injury.

Legs and Feet Injuries

Legs and feet often get damaged in an accident. Motorcyclists can suffer leg and foot injuries from road rash, or their legs and feet can get hurt if they collide with a car or truck. They can also lose control and accidentally tip their bike over on one side, pinning their leg underneath. Leg injuries can lead to broken bones, open wounds, or permanent disability.

Death

While technically not an injury, there is a possibility that a motorcyclist may not survive a crash. In this event, you should contact a skilled attorney to see if a wrongful death claim is appropriate for your loved one’s case.

Factors to Consider

Once you determine what caused the collision and who’s liable for your motorcycle related injuries, you’ll need to demonstrate the negative impact on your life. While every victim’s experience is different, a motorcycle accident claim or lawsuit focuses on:

  • The gravity of your injuries
  • Your assorted financial losses
  • The negative impact on your life
  • Your degree of fault
  • The parties involved & insurance limits

We’re Close by After a Motorcycle Crash

Our statewide practice is designed to make going through an injury claim more convenient and accessible for motorcycle injury victims. With 12 Ohio locations, KNR is a call or click away.

*KNR also serves Ohio’s rural counties & conducts consultations via Zoom.

Motorcycle Safety & Medical Care

Before mounting your bike, make sure you have taken every possible precaution to keep yourself safe. Choose a helmet that has been manufactured to meet or exceed federal regulations. Always wear your helmet, even if you’re just going around the block. Choose clothing made from durable, protective leather to reduce the chances of experiencing painful road rash. Remember that your clothing, helmet, and eye gear are the only protection you have against serious motorcycle accident injuries.

If you are involved in a wreck, try to take photos of the damage. Also, never assume you don’t need medical attention. You should go to the hospital and see a doctor, even if you feel fine. Injuries, especially internal ones, tend to show up hours or even days later. By that time, it may be too late to file an insurance claim to cover your medical bills.


Fight for Everything You’re Owed

Recovering Motorcycle Accident Compensation

You shouldn’t be forced to bear the financial cost of someone’s reckless or negligent behavior. Nor should you blindly accept a low-ball insurance offer. These companies only have their interests in mind. By accepting too little or forgoing your rights, you may suffer unnecessary stress and pain long after a motorcycle wreck.

What Damages Are You Entitled To?

When a motorcycle rider is seriously injured or killed because of the negligence of the driver of a passenger car or commercial truck, the rider, or his or her surviving family, may have a claim for compensation. In Ohio, compensation may include payments for:

  • Medical costs
  • Loss of income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of family relationships, also known as loss of consortium

In the event of a motorcycle-related death, a family may be able to recover wrongful death benefits including:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of financial contributions
  • Loss of their loved one’s comfort and society


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Motorcycle Accident Claims

Our attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help assess the factors that caused your accident, investigate the crash scene, and help you pursue max compensation, whether through negotiation with an insurance company or by taking your personal injury case to court.

Insurance companies often treat bikers unfairly in a blatant attempt to maximize profits by delaying or denying authentic claims for compensation. We will help determine and fully document what ta motorcycle crash cost you and what you will need to recover. This includes money for ongoing medical care, your pain and suffering, and any damage to your ability to earn a living.

Once we know what your injury and experiences are worth, we’ll aggressively pursue a motorcycle accident settlement that covers all of it.

Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits

While most motorcycle accident claims settle, sometimes victims are best served by filing a lawsuit and going to court. A lawsuit not only puts pressure on insurers to take your claim seriously. It also lets you strengthen your argument by collecting evidence during discovery, taking depositions, and presenting expert testimony.


What Makes KNR Special?

KNR Does More
For Motorcycle Injury Victims

Devastating motorcycle accidents happen every day, and it’s very important for the victims to recover the compensation that they need to move on with their lives. Perhaps another driver was distracted, intoxicated, or speeding and failed to notice your bike. Regardless, you deserve legal representation that makes the process as easy on you and your family as possible.

KNR’s Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Will

  • Investigate, collect evidence, and find those at fault for your accident.
  • Interview witnesses, medical professionals, and experts to show how your life was impacted.
  • Communicate with the insurer, clarify liability, and pursue max compensation.
  • Determine your motorcycle accident’s full and fair value – what you lost and deserve.
  • Keep you informed and involved. KNR is available by phone, text, email, or Zoom.
  • Protect your rights and, if necessary, take your case to court.
  • Never charge you upfront. If there’s no recovery, there’s no cost.

Ohio Motorcycle Accidents: Related Reading

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Hurt on a Motorcycle? Call KNR.

Our Ohio attorneys want you to keep more of the compensation you’re entitled to, so you can move on without the pain of uncertainty. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we will use every available resource, so you recover physically, financially, and with more than us.

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