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Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can and do result in serious injury or death. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you should consult with an experienced attorney, familiar with helping those involved in serious motorcycle accidents. Please contact the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys of The O’Keefe Firm to discuss your case.

A motorcycle, by design, provides the motorcyclist with a thrilling travel experience but offers little protection during a crash. Each year in the United States, approximately 2,000 people are killed in motorcycle accidents and 50,000 motorcyclists suffer serious physical injuries because of accidents.

A vast majority of the motorcycle accidents resulting in injury or death involve another vehicle, most often a car. Nearly all of these crashes are due to failure by the other driver to yield the right-of-way or observe the motorcyclist on the road to begin with. This is why nearly 70 percent of motorcycle accidents occur at intersections. Secondary conditions contributing to motorcycle accident injuries and death include:

  • Road hazards including debris, oil slicks, puddles, potholes and uneven pavement contributing to a dangerous riding environment.
  • Motorcycle defects, in particular fuel system leaks, which present an increased risk of fire in the post-crash phase.

Based on current statistics, roughly 80 percent of motorcycle accidents in the United States end in injury or death compared to only 20 percent of automobile accidents. Additionally, motorcycle accident fatality rates have been on the rise since 2003 with the most recent statistics showing an increase of 55 percent. Based on current trends, if you are hit by a car while riding a motorcycle you are three times more likely to be gravely injured, and 14 times more likely to be killed than an individual injured by an accident involving two cars.

You should be aware that motorcycle accidents are treated differently than those involving other motor vehicles. A palpable amount of intolerance exists against motorcycle riders in many parts of the United States. The motorcycle accident lawyers at The O’Keefe Firm will fight against this prejudice to recover damages for your serious injury.

If you were injured due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical fees and lost income from the other driver’s insurance company. If you or someone you care about is in need of legal representation because of a motorcycle accident resulting in serious injury or death, please contact the motorcycle accident attorneys in Dayton, Ohio and we will gladly evaluate your case at no cost or obligation to you.