If you are a licensed Ohio motorcyclist, then you probably know a lot about personal safety issues due to state-required motorcycle safety classes. For example, you probably know that it's much safer to ride only during daylight hours while wearing a Department of Transportation approved helmet. You also probably already know that staying out of vehicle's blind spots and keeping a sharp lookout for cars traveling alongside you are sound safety practices.
Bicycling is recognized by the state of Ohio is legitimate means of transportation. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, bicycling as a means of getting around is increasing in popularity throughout the state. However, due to the smaller size of bicycles, even the slightest contact with a motor vehicle can cause serious injuries and sometimes, even death.
Ohio state law considers a wrongful death as any death caused by another person by a wrongful act or neglect. Ohio law also contemplates that if that injured party were still alive one would likely file a claim against the person liable for one's harm in order to recover compensation for their damages.
A review of the latest available motor vehicle crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals some sobering numbers in its 2012 survey. The NHTSA report says that motor vehicle traffic fatalities increased dramatically in 2012 after being on the decline for six straight years. According to the report, 33,561 people died on American roads in 2012