Motorcycle Accidents: Tips & Facts for Individuals Who May Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents are often due to negligence, thus hiring an attorney may be crucial
Motorcycles seem to be increasing in popularity as a form of recreation among people of all backgrounds and ages. Unfortunately, this has gone hand in hand with an increase in motorcycle accidents and fatalities as a result of those accidents.
At Ohio law firm Mayle, Ray & Mayle, properly informing and educating prospective clients is always a priority. Here, learn more about motorcycle accidents and relevant facts and statistics, as well as information about hiring a motorcycle accident attorney.
The statistics about deadly motorcycle accidents are quite alarming. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cites that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than individuals in motor vehicles.
Approximately 11% of all roadway accidents involve motorcycles. Motorcyclists not wearing a helmet are 40% more likely to be killed via head injury in a crash than those who wear helmets.
The Center for Disease Control notes that while motor vehicle crash deaths reached an all-time low in 2008, the figure for motorcyclists reached an all-time high in the same year, a level double what it was just a decade prior in 1999. Between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed in crashes, and more than 1.2 million individuals were treated in an emergency department for a non-fatal motorcycle related injury.
Of course, preventing motorcycle accidents is always a superior option as opposed to needing to take legal action after one occurs. Never operate a motorcycle after drinking, and obey all traffic laws and speed limits. Wear protective clothing and a Department of Transportation-approved helmet, even if a state does not have a universal helmet law in place. Avoid tailgating and swerving in and out of traffic, and as for other drivers, respect the space of motorcyclists on the road, and do not attempt to crowd them or force them out of position.
Often times, the motorcyclist is not at fault. He or she may be adhering to all the aforementioned preventative measures. Other motorists either aren’t paying attention or simply don’t follow the rules of the road as they should. In these cases, this negligence can cause serious or fatal injuries to the person on the motorcycle.
When it comes to hiring a motorcycle accident attorney, swift action is always important. It’s also essential to choose a personal injury lawyer with direct experience handling cases involving motorcycle accidents. A generic or all-purpose personal injury attorney may not be able to navigate the details and logistics of a case as well as an attorney or Ohio law firm with firsthand experience and knowledge of these matters.
Contact Mayle, Ray & Mayle today for a free consultation about motorcycle accidents, and learn more about why and how a motorcycle accident attorney from their team can protect a person’s best interests. Call them directly at 419.334.8377 today.
About Mayle, Ray & Mayle, LLC
Mayle, Ray & Mayle LLC is a Freemont, Ohio law firm with a broad range of expertise. The team consists of attorneys Ronald Mayle, Jeremiah Ray and Andrew Mayle, all of whom bring unique experience and specialties to the forefront, establishing a well-rounded law firm that can meet the needs of any client. With offices in Fremont and Bellevue, Mayle, Ray & Mayle serves clients in need throughout Ohio and also serves as co-counsel and local counsel for other law firms across the country. Contact their expert lawyers at 419.334.8377 or learn more about who they are and how they can help at MayleRayMayle.com.