If you or a loved one have been injured in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area as the result of a motorcycle accident, it’s time to call Cleveland’s Injury Lawyer™, Nicholas M. Dodosh at 844-CLE-LAW1 (844-253-5291). Attorney Dodosh a Cleveland, Ohio motorcycle accident lawyer and personal injury attorney who is here to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
More often than not, Cleveland area motorcycle accidents are NOT the fault of the motorcycle operator. The great majority of motorcyclists do all the right things. Motorcycle riders are constantly alert to their surroundings and other drivers, they maintain safe intervals between their bikes and cars, they stay within the speed limit, and they make sure that their paths are clear before changing lanes. Likewise, most motorcycle riders obey Ohio helmet laws and wear protective clothing. Some riders even keep their headlight on during the day for extra visibility.
Unfortunately, many other motor vehicle operators do not exercise the same amount of caution as motorcyclists. These drivers are often distracted by cell phones, GPS navigation screens, satellite radio systems, or they simply fail to pay attention. These distractions can often lead the other driver to cause a serious motorcycle accident resulting in injuries and damages to the motorcyclist, including everything from cuts and lacerations to catastrophic injuries – or even wrongful death.
According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, there were 3,986 motorcycle accidents in Ohio in 2011, 76 of which were fatal. These figures are far too high, which is why distracted and impaired drivers must be held accountable when they cause a Cleveland motorcycle accident.
Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries are:
- Lacerations, cuts, and road rash,
- head injuries including concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI),
- broken bones including the wrists, arms, ankles, legs and ribs,
- spine, back, and neck injuries,
- internal injuries such as internal bleeding or organ laceration, and
- paralysis, coma, and even wrongful death.
These motorcycle accident injuries often result in medical bills, pain, suffering, emotional distress, time off work, lost wages, and can even cripple the victim’s ability to earn a living, care for themselves, and support their spouses and children. This is one of the reasons that the Ohio Financial Responsibility Law has long required that all Ohio drivers carry a minimum of $12,500.00 in automobile insurance – which recently increased to $25,000.00.
Unfortunately, around 20% of Ohio drivers break the law and drive without car insurance. Even more carry just the minimum in insurance coverage. This is why it is so important for motorcyclists to carry uninsured motorist coverage and underinsured motorist coverage as a part of their own motorcycle policy – these will compensate the motorcycle driver in the event of a collision with an uninsured or underinsured driver.
Insurance companies know all about the inherent dangers of riding a motorcycle. This is why your motorcycle premiums are so high – even if you have a flawless safe riding record. While the insurance companies have no issues with accepting high monthly premiums, their accommodation has a tendency to decline when it’s time for the money to flow the other way. This is where having a lawyer experienced in Cleveland area motorcycle accidents can be critical.
Because insurance companies know that there are probably significant injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident, you can bet that they will do all that they can to avoid accepting responsibility – even if the accident was clearly not your fault. Considering that many motorcycle accidents do in fact involve debilitating injuries exempt from the Ohio damages caps, it is important to have counsel on your side that is familiar with insurance companies and their tactics of delaying and denying motorcycle accident claims. A knowledgeable lawyer can also help you deal with other insurance company tactics such as digging into your background, painting you as a careless or thrill-seeking biker, and offering lowball settlements.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, Attorney Dodosh and his law firm are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. It is important to speak with an attorney immediately following any serious motorcycle accident before you give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster or sign medical release papers.
Mr. Dodosh offers Cleveland area motorcycle injury victims a FREE no obligation consultation to discuss your legal options with you and answer your questions such as:
- Who pays my medical bills after a motorcycle accident?
- How do I get compensated for my pain, suffering, and time off work?
- Should I talk to the insurance adjuster after a motorcycle accident?
- Should I sign the medical release papers and other documents that the insurance company sends me?
- How much is my motorcycle accident claim worth?
- How long will my case take?
- Should I settle my motorcycle accident claim or do I need to file a lawsuit?
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, don’t wait. Call Attorney Dodosh now at 844-CLE-LAW1 (844-253-5291). You can also email Mr. Dodosh at email@example.com or fill out a contact form and he will get in touch with you.