Legal Options if Injured as a Passenger on a Motorcycle
Being a passenger on a motorcycle could leave you severely injured in an accident. If you’ve been hurt while riding on someone else’s motorcycle, you could be eligible for compensation. Contact us at Kisling, Nestico & Redick today to discuss your legal options.
Riding a motorcycle can be just as fun for a passenger as it is for the operator. Maybe even more enjoyable since you can simply experience the ride without worrying about maneuvering the bike. However, as a passenger, you are as unprotected from the elements and the consequences of a collision as the operator, which can lead serious injuries.
If you were injured while riding a motorcycle another person was steering, contact our experienced Ohio motorcycle accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We understand motorcycle passenger injuries and the legal cases and claims that follow can be emotionally complex, particularly when you believe a friend or family member is at fault for your current condition.
We will explain your rights and legal options while guiding you through the process of obtaining compensation. Contact us today, or call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to learn more about how we can help.
Common Causes of 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 a number of 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.
Compensation for Motorcycle Passenger Injuries Through Insurance
One of the difficulties of motorcycle passengers injury claims 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 motorcycle operator’s auto insurance policy – no matter your connection to the operator. You will be required to cooperate with the insurance adjuster, including providing medical records regarding your injuries. An attorney during this process can be extremely helpful. An Ohio motorcycle accident lawyer from KNR can protect you from an insurer attempting to obtain your entire medical history, which could work against you.
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.
Pursuing Compensation Through a Personal Injury Suit
If your insurance claim is denied or you cannot reach a settlement agreement, your next option is to file a personal injury claim in court. Our experienced personal injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick understand this can be an intimidating and difficult decision, particularly when you know and have a relationship with the party who caused the accident. Prior to this situation, suing someone you know well may have been out of the question. When you are facing the need for compensation because of injuries the other person’s negligence caused, however, it may be your best or only option.
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we will help you exhaust all options before taking a friend or family member to court. This may include working with that person directly to come to a settlement agreement in which you receive an appropriate amount of compensation for your injuries. However, if the other individual refuses to admit responsibility, we can also represent your interests in court and argue for your right to compensation at trial.
Let Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Help You
If you were injured while riding as a passenger on a motorcycle, contact our experienced Ohio motorcycle injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick as soon as possible. We have decades of experience helping individuals injured in all types of auto accidents. No matter who is at fault, we will fully explain your rights and legal options. Whether we work with an insurer, the at-fault party, or head to court, we will fight for you to obtain the compensation you deserve under the law.
For more information on how we can help, contact or call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule your initial case consultation.