Motorcycle accidents have a higher fatality rate per unit of distance traveled when compared with automobiles. According to the NHTSA, in 2006 18.06 cars out of 100,000 ended up in fatal crashes. The rate for motorcycles is 55.82 per 100,000.
Approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death; a comparable figure for automobiles is about 20 percent.
In vehicular/motorcycle crashes, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents. The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents.
On August 19, 2010 Mark Neal, a highly respected court reporter for the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, was struck by a motorist travelling the wrong way on a one-way street. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family for a speedy recovery.
The firm of Law Offices Of Mitchell Alter, LLC has successfully represented motorcycle accident victims for injuries ranging from death to serious amputation. In each case, the defense always raises the issue of speed of the cyclist as a way to avoid liability and place blame where it rarely belongs. Please visit our website to review our multiple awards and settlements associated with motorcycle cases.
During the summer months when motorcycles are in abundance over the roadways in central Ohio, please remember to look twice and save a life.