Legal Options if Injured as a Passenger on a Motorcycle in Ohio

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Injured Car Accident Passengers

Motor vehicle accidents are difficult for everyone involved. They can be especially frustrating if you weren’t even driving and were injured. If you were a passenger in a car accident that occurred because someone was negligent, reach out to the passenger injury accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick.

Contact us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to learn more about how we can help you deal with the legal issues surrounding your Ohio car accident.

Who Is Liable for a Passenger Injury?

As a passenger who was hurt in a motor vehicle accident, you have the right to file a claim against the driver of the vehicle you were in, the driver of the other vehicle, or both. It’s important to note that even if your friend or family member is liable, you are still entitled compensation for your damages.

You may feel uncomfortable filing a claim against your loved one. However, understand that your friend or family member has car insurance to pay for the damages of anyone they injure. Rather than asking them to pay for your damages out-of-pocket, you’ll be attempting to collect compensation from their insurer so you can get back to your pre-accident condition.

In Ohio, you will not be responsible for the accident unless you distracted the driver or engaged in any other action that contributed to the crash. If you’ve been hurt in an accident during which you were simply riding on the car, it’s important to have legal help during this difficult time. The passenger accident lawyers of Kisling, Nestico, & Redick can help you determine who is liable for your injuries.

Common Passenger Injuries

Passenger injuries can range in severity. They may inhibit your ability to work, perform everyday tasks, and live a high quality of life. Some of the most common passenger injuries we see include:

  • Brain and head injuries – Traumatic brain injuries, concussions, skull fractures, and internal bleeding can lead to serious effects that may not be immediately apparent after an accident.
  • Neck and back injuries – Several examples of neck and back injuries that passengers often face include whiplash, herniated discs, sprains, and strains. These types of injuries may take a few days or weeks to be noticeable.
  • Spinal cord injuries – If the accident was severe, a spinal injury can take away movement and cause numbness or paralysis.
  • Broken bones – Broken bones can take a great deal of time to heal and may even require surgery.
  • Burn injuries – Burns are extremely painful and may lead to scarring that requires skin grafting.
  • Facial injuries – Lacerations and other facial injuries may leave scars and require cosmetic surgery.

If you sustain any of these injuries, you will likely face medical bills, physical pain, mental anguish, be unable to work, and other damages. Fortunately, you may be able to recover compensation for these damages.

Compensation for Injured Passengers

When you are injured as a passenger in a car accident because the driver or another party was negligent or reckless, you are entitled to pursue compensation for your various financial losses. Whether you were riding in the at-fault car or were struck by someone else, a lawyer can help you document and recover all your physical, emotional, and economic damages. Through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, KNR will fight hard for you to recover your:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium

Most car accident cases settle. However, do not expect a quick and easy insurance process. Insurance companies work hard to reduce what they owe by denying their policyholder was in the wrong. While an insurance settlement might be ideal, you may also need to file a lawsuit and present evidence someone else’s recklessness caused the accident and injuries.

Passenger Injury Insurance Claims

One of the difficulties of a passenger injury claim is that the person at fault may be a friend, romantic partner, or family member. You may feel uncomfortable moving forward with a personal injury claim against them. However, this is what auto insurance is for – to protect the insured and compensate people they injure.

To obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more, you have the right to file a third-party claim against the vehicle’s operator’s auto insurance policy – no matter your connection to the operator.

You should cooperate with the insurance adjuster, including providing medical records regarding your injuries. An attorney during this process can be extremely helpful.

If your claim is approved, the insurance company may pay you a settlement. Your attorney will negotiate with the insurer to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve. This does not come out of your friend or loved one’s pocket.

Passenger Injury Lawsuits

If your insurance claim is denied or you cannot reach a settlement, your next option is to file a personal injury claim in court.

At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we will help you exhaust all options as an injured passenger before filing a lawsuit. This may include working towards a settlement agreement in which you receive appropriate compensation for your injuries. However, if the other individual refuses to admit responsibility, we can represent your interests and argue for you at trial.

Steps to Take If You’re Injured as a Passenger

If you’ve been injured in an accident as a passenger, your health should be your top priority. Visit a doctor right away and determine the most appropriate treatment for your injuries. A doctor may recommend certain medications, procedures, surgeries, physical therapy, and other treatments. Be sure to keep copies of any medical bills you receive.

Once you’ve seen the doctor, call the police so you can obtain the report that outlines the details of the accident. Next, gather the name and contact information of all drivers involved as well as any witnesses. If possible, document the accident scene by taking photographs of the vehicle damage and your injuries.

Then, reach out to our Ohio passenger injury lawyers. We can investigate your case and let you know who you may hold liable. Additionally, we can communicate with insurance companies and ensure you do not receive a low-ball offer.

Passenger Injuries in an Uber or Lyft

Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies have increased in popularity in recent years. If you are injured in an accident as a passenger in a ride-sharing vehicle, your case will differ from someone who was hurt in an accident while their friend or family member was driving.

Ridesharing accidents are more complex because drivers for these companies are independent contractors and not employees. This means you may be able to recover compensation from the ridesharing company’s insurer if you suffer injuries while riding in one of their drivers’ vehicles.

Our lawyers can assist you in filing a claim if you are hurt as a passenger in a ridesharing accident. With us by your side, you won’t have to worry about getting taken advantage of by Uber or Lyft.

Motorcycle Passenger Injuries

There are certain common scenarios that lead to motorcycle passenger injuries, and they are rarely your own actions as a passenger. In most situations, you end up injured because:

  • The operator lost control of the motorcycle
  • The operator caused a multi-vehicle collision
  • A vehicle caused a crash
  • A pedestrian, cyclist, or other motorcycle caused an accident

It is common to be injured if the motorcycle driver wipes out. This can cause significant lower limb, upper limb, and head or brain injuries. From road rash to traumatic brain injuries, a bad wipeout could mean you’ll never ride a motorcycle again. However, when an operator loses control, more serious accidents can also occur.

Depending on the speed and trajectory of the motorcycle, you could be thrown from the bike, increasing the likelihood of more serious injuries than in a relatively slow wipeout.

If you are in a collision with another vehicle, there is also a high risk of significant or catastrophic injuries. When motorcycles are struck by larger vehicles, you and the operator are entirely unprotected. This type of direct collision could cause disfigurements and disabilities, making compensation from a personal injury claim even more essential.

Ohio Motorcycle Passenger Laws

Ohio has several laws regarding motorcycle passengers. You cannot hop on the back of just any bike. Instead, a motorcycle can only carry you if there is a firmly attached and regular seat or saddle that you can sit astride, facing forward. There also must be footrests available.

If you were injured while riding as a passenger, how you were sitting on the motorcycle may come into question. If the other party involved in the accident claims you were violating Ohio law while riding the bike, they may try to use this to limit their own liability and your potential compensation.

Contact Our Passenger Injury Accident Lawyers

If you were a passenger who sustained an injury in a motor vehicle accident, we encourage you to reach out to the passenger injury accident lawyers of Kisling, Nestico & Redick today. While you’re recovering from an accident, you should be concentrating on your health. Let us deal with insurance companies and the legal process. Contact us at 1-800-HURT-NOW today to schedule a free, initial case evaluation.