On Behalf of Diehl & Hubbell, Attorneys at Law
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
As May ushers in warmer weather, many avid motorcyclists are preparing for the beginning of their riding season. Since this month is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month, it's a great time to review important steps for remaining safe while cruising along the many roadways of Ohio.
Every year, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reports over 140 motorcycle fatalities on state highways. This trend is even more tragic when you consider that nationwide, crashes involving motorbikes account for 14% of all accident deaths, despite only being 3% of total vehicles traveling. What makes these statistics particularly sad is that many of these incidents were entirely preventable.
How Can a Biker Protect Themselves When Riding?
Unlike motorists behind the wheel of a car, motorcyclists face more inherent danger due to their increased exposure to the elements, road hazards, and direct bodily impact. Wearing protective gear can provide additional protection in some accident situations.
Make sure you are wearing appropriate gear like the suggested equipment below:
- Helmets with full coverage
- Padded pants
- Riding gloves
- Heavy jacket with extra padding or armor
- Leather boots
The purpose of these pieces of motorcycle gear is to protect your shoulders, spine, and joints should you get thrown off of your bike.
It would be best if you also drove defensively to prevent accidents with other cars and trucks you share the road with. Some basic rules of thumb to practice these techniques include:
- Avoid driving aggressively or showing off.
- Pay attention to the road and traffic around you as you ride.
- Keep a clear view of the road and be familiar with your route.
- Maintain your bike regularly.
- Always wear the right gear while riding.
- Be familiar with local roadway rules.
Despite the increased risk of danger that motorcyclists face while riding, many do not wear a helmet and suffer catastrophic injuries when in an accident. Even though Ohio law only requires novice riders and their passengers, and operators and passengers under the age of 18 to wear a helmet, it doesn't mean you shouldn't. These important safety devices often mean the difference between life and death.
What to Do if in a Motorcycle Accident in Ohio
If involved in an accident while out enjoying a cruise on your motorcycle, take the following steps:
- Call 911 or get medically assessed right away.
- Do not admit any fault.
- Gather any driver and witness information that you can, if able.
- Grab pictures of the crash scene before moving any vehicles.
- Get a copy of the police report.
Another critical step is to not make any statements to the insurance company until you speak with a qualified Ohio motorcycle accident attorney. Anything you say could be used against your claim and jeopardize your compensation.
Speak with a Skilled Ohio Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, no matter how careful you are while riding. If another driver on the road injured you or a loved one, contact the experienced attorneys of Diehl & Hubbell as soon as possible. We proudly serve Southwest Ohio families and are easily reached online or by phone to schedule a free consultation.