Riding a motorcycle is arguably one of the most liberating experiences an individual can have. Ironically, some of the qualities of motorcycle riding that makes it so exhilarating are also some of its most dangerous liabilities. Simply put, motorcycles are not equipped with many of the safety devices that we take for granted in cars, trucks and SUVs. There are no seat belts to prevent a motorcyclist from being thrown from his or her bike during the collision. There are also no airbags that can deploy to engulf a motorcyclist in a protective cocoon.
On Oct. 1, state troopers say that a Buick Park Avenue struck a bicyclist in Moorefield Township Ohio. The accident occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. along Ohio 4. A spokesman for the Ohio State Patrol's Springfield Post indicated that both the car and the bicycle were traveling in the same direction just prior to the accident, near the intersection of Mechanicsburg Road and Bosart Road.
Prior to 1980, car accident laws in Ohio were pretty straightforward. If you are at fault in any way during a car accident, you were barred from making any claim for compensation against the other driver. Just to put that into perspective and illustrate the unfairness of that law, consider a car with a broken tail light that is rear-ended by a speeding driver. Under the pre-1980 rules, the driver with the broken tail light may have been considered partially at fault for that accident and thus barred from recovery.
Modern vehicles are equipped with highly engineered devices designed to save human life and limit injury. Today, we are fortunate to have forward and side-deploying airbags, glass designed to break into small pieces upon impact, and we even have automatic chimes in our vehicles to pester us to lock in our seat belts.
Ohio has made tremendous progress towards increasing public awareness about drunk driving and reducing the amount of those types of accidents on our roads. Unfortunately, there are still far too many reckless individuals who choose to drink and then get behind the wheel. The accidents they cause creates untold misery among their victims and often leave them with thousands of dollars in unexpected expenses.