Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
For many Ohioans, there is nothing quite like the thrill of getting on a motorcycle and zooming down a stretch of open road. While riding a bike may feel amazing, it can also be incredibly dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a staggering 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes lead to injury or death for the biker.
If you lost a loved one due to a bike crash, you should contact the fatal motorcycle accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. When you lose someone you love as a result of another person’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to seek compensation for the expenses you face after their passing
Safety Features: A Car vs. a Motorcycle
Automobile manufacturers have worked diligently to include safety features in their cars. Because of their contributions, most cars, light-duty trucks, and SUVs come loaded with features that keep drivers alive and minimize injury. Unfortunately for motorcycles, the number of safety aspects just does not compare. These features include:
The average sedan weights around 4,000 pounds, whereas a motorcycle is closer to 500. Even Harley Davidsons, which are known as some of the heaviest motorcycles, rarely get beyond 750 pounds.
A Metal “Shield.”
Cars surround their drivers in tough metal that will absorb much of the impact of a crash before a driver feels it. Bikers have only their gear and helmets to protect their bodies in a wreck.
More tires give cars more stability on the road. Riding on only two wheels means a motorcyclist has a greater chance of losing control of the bike and crashing.
A Myriad of Safety Features.
Cars manufactured today offer front and side airbags and seat belts. Many are beginning to include backup cameras and lane change warning signals in many models as well. Designers of motorcycle clothing have crafted gear containing airbags, but again, there are only a few items available, and they can’t perform the same as a car’s airbag.
It’s true that motorcycles also have brake lights that flash when the brakes are applied. Unlike motorists, however, bikers do not always need to use their brakes when slowing down. To make matters worse, a motorcycle is capable of decelerating much faster than a car. The driver behind the bike may not be prepared for a motorcyclist to slow down quickly if there are no illuminated brakes lights to indicate it.
Traction Control or Electronic Stability Control.
Motorcycles have started to introduce electronic stability control, but car manufacturers have been installing these in models for decades. These systems help keep a car on the path to avoid skidding or sliding by readjusting the weight to keep its balance between all tires.
If your loved one was killed in a crash due to faulty safety features on their bike, call the fatal motorcycle accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick to learn more about your legal options moving forward.
Cars Still the Number One Cause for Motorcycle Deaths
Recent figures from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show that 60 percent of motorcycle deaths occurred in multiple-vehicle crashes. Sadly, this number has remained more or less the same since the 1980s.
Passenger vehicles are still causing fatal motorcycle accidents, usually because they fail to see a biker, or they attempt to turn in front of one without allowing a clear distance. When a motorcycle comes in contact with a car, the results are far more devastating. A biker is likely to be thrown from their seat, whereas someone in a car has both their seat belt and airbag to keep them from ejecting.
A biker can slide along the road, with rough asphalt tearing away their gear. The impact of connecting with a car or with the road can result in broken bones and fractures. Death is often the end result.
If your loved one dies in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t their fault, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Our fatal motorcycle accident lawyers can fight for you to obtain damages for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of the deceased person’s income, as well as future income they could have expected to earn
- Mental anguish
- Loss of your loved one’s companionship
Contact Our Fatal Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
It is devastating to lose a cherished family member, especially when the loss is a direct result of another person’s careless actions. In this situation, it’s important to remember that you must take care of the rest of your family as well as yourself. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our team of fatal motorcycle accident lawyers can handle the details of your wrongful death suit.
We will analyze the facts of the crash and help you determine how to recover damages for both your financial and non-monetary losses. We will ensure that your family is not further damaged by your financial loss, giving you much-needed time to grieve. Contact us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced lawyers.