Columbus Motorcycle Accident Attorney
While motorcycles provide an environmentally friendly and fuel efficient mode of transportation, motorcyclists face much more significant risks of being in a collision and suffering life-changing injuries or fatalities. Motorcycles are inherently more dangerous because they lack the basic safety features and stability of cars, trucks and SUVs. Columbus motor vehicle accidents that result in vehicle ejections are among the most deadly of all passenger vehicle accidents, but virtually every motorcycle accident essentially results in a vehicle ejection because there is no physical frame or body to protect a motorcyclist when he or she is involved in a collision. Many motorcycle accidents in Columbus occur because motorcyclists simply have no time to safely react to driving errors by other motorists. Handling limitations, lack of stability and the complete absence of safety equipment means that Columbus motorcycle accidents frequently result in debilitating injuries with permanent life changes effects.
The experienced Columbus motorcycle accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been seeking compensation for motorcycle injury victims since our Columbus law firm was founded nearly three decades ago. If you injured by a negligent driver of a passenger vehicle who is drunk, distracted, drowsy or otherwise drives unsafely, you may have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. There are approximately fifty thousand motorcycle accidents annually in the U.S. resulting in thousands of fatalities and tens of thousands of serious injuries. Montlick and Associates has built a reputation successfully representing motorcycle accident victims since 1984 so many times we are able to settle cases through negotiation or alternate dispute resolution.
Motorcycles lack the crashworthiness of passenger cars, trucks and SUVs so Columbus motorcycle collisions often involve devastating injuries that may significantly alter the course of one’s life. Data from the NHTSA indicates that a motorcyclist has a twentyfold greater risk of being involved in an accident when compared to drivers of four wheeled motor vehicles. Motorcycles not only fail to offer the structural protection and other safety features of other motor vehicles, but they are must harder for other drivers to see because of their relatively diminutive size. Although data indicates that motorcycle driver inexperience contributes to many Columbus motorcycle accidents, this is partly because the design of motorcycles makes them extremely unstable so that there is virtually no margin for error when motorcyclists must engage in sudden braking or hard steering maneuvers. A few common causes of motorcycle accidents in Columbus include:
- Accidents caused by drivers that do not see motorcycles because they fail to check blind spots or engage in distracting activities.
- Collisions with drunk drivers
- Lane change collisions where drivers fail to check for the presence of motorcycles
- Obstructions, pavement defects and other roadway hazards
- Rear end collisions with motorcycles by speeding or inattentive drivers
- Left turn motorcycle accidents by distracted or inattentive motorists
- Defective bikes that malfunction resulting in loss of control or impaired braking ability
While most Columbus motorcycle accidents pose a risk of serious injuries, riders not wearing a motorcycle helmet are particularly at risk. Although state law requires all motorcyclists to wear helmets, some Columbus motorcycle riders do not comply with the mandatory helmet law. This can be a tragic and fatal decision because forty percent of those who die in motorcycle accidents are not wearing helmets. Those who survive a motorcycle accident when not wearing a motorcycle helmet often suffer devastating head injuries that permanently impair mental functioning, mobility and sensation. Our Columbus motorcycle accident attorneys understand that these types of severe head injuries can prevent an accident victim from engaging in one’s occupation, taking care of one’s family or even taking responsibility for one’s one basic daily needs.
If you are involved in a Columbus motorcycle accident when you are not wearing a helmet, it may also be more difficult to recover the full measure of compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies frequently argue that the injury victim caused or contributed to a motorcycle collision to shift responsibility for the collision to the motorcycle rider at least to some degree. If you suffer a serious head injury in a Columbus motorcycle accident, your recovery may be reduced because the head injuries may be determined to be partially caused by your failure to wear a helmet.
Our Columbus motorcycle accident attorneys recognize the difficulties faced by motorcycle accident victims and their families. Our team is committed to handling the insurance complications and legal issues for our motorcycle accident clients so that they can focus on healing and rehabilitation. We have successfully obtained financial compensation for motorcycle accident victims that have suffered a wide array of injuries including but not limited to the following:
- Head injuries often resulting in traumatic brain injuries
- Fractures and crushed bones
- Paraplegia or quadriplegia caused by damage to the spinal cord
- Road rash and disfigurement
- Damage to vital organs
- Wrongful death
If an inattentive, indifferent or otherwise careless driver causes you to be involved in a motorcycle accident, our Columbus motorcycle accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates may be able to seek various kinds of damages including: (1) lost salary, earnings or wages; (2) costs associated with hospitalization, treatment, medication and rehabilitation; (3) diminished future income because of partial or total disability; (4) pain and suffering; (5) emotional distress; (6) impaired enjoyment of life; (7) property damage; (8) diminished spousal companionship or services; and (8) punitive damages to punish particularly reckless conduct. Our experienced Columbus motorcycle accident attorneys are committed to seeking the best possible recovery for our clients. We encourage you to schedule a free consultation because there is absolutely no obligation for us to evaluate your motorcycle accident claim. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.