Taking your bike out on a hot Ohio day can be a joy—but when you’re in a wreck, you’re more likely to sustain major injuries. Who’s responsible when a larger vehicle hits your motorcycle?
The best way to find out whether you have a strong personal injury case is to call the Law Offices of Tim Misny. Our team can review your case and let you know what kind of damages you may receive.
Ohio motorcycle crashes
Motorcycle vs. car accident fault is determined much the same way other collisions are handled. In a negligence case, the plaintiff must prove that the other driver had a duty to avoid causing harm, they breached that duty and as a result, the plaintiff suffered actual harm.
Motorcyclists can be responsible for crashes. Drivers are required to exercise the same caution toward other drivers that cars, trucks, vans and SUVs are required to observe. You cannot expect to recover damages if you took clearly negligent actions, like running a red light or driving drunk.
However, motorcycle drivers are much more likely to suffer serious injury in a crash. Because motorcycles do not have the same safety features as a covered vehicle, injuries can be catastrophic. It’s crucial that you call the Law Offices of Tim Misny if you’ve been harmed in a motorcycle crash. Having a skilled attorney on your side will ensure that you receive the highest damage amount possible.
Ohio motorcycle laws
Of course, as a motorcycle driver, you’re still required to follow Ohio’s motorcycle laws. You must:
- Have a motorcycle license or endorsement
- Have at least one tail light, headlight and brake light, each
- Have a horn that can be heard from 200 feet away
- Have a white license plate
- Have at least one rearview mirror
- Have turn signals (for motorcycles made after 1967)
- Keep handlebars lower than your shoulders
- Wear safety goggles
- Never ride more than two motorcycles side-by-side per lane
These safety precautions lessen your risk of accident, as well as the actual damage you might suffer in a crash.
After an accident, try to get as much evidence at the scene as possible. When your medical condition is stable, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny. We can handle the insurance companies or pursue a lawsuit all the way to trial, if necessary. When you call, we’ll review your case and explain your legal options under Ohio law.
Find out more about your Ohio claim today
The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help you reach a favorable outcome in your motorcycle accident case. When you’re the victim of negligence or recklessness, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at 877-614-9524 so that I can evaluate your case right away.