Motorcycle Fatalities Trending Up; Officials Worried About 2013

Approximately 5,000 motorcyclists died in crashes during 2012, nearly 10 percent higher than 2011's fatality count. As motorcycle registration numbers continue to climb - along with the number of inexperienced riders - traffic officials are concerned that deadly motorcycle crash totals will continue to increase.

Last year, 166 motorcyclists died in crashes on Ohio roads and 3,291 bikers were injured. These numbers were actually an improvement from 2010, as Ohio was among the 16 states that decreased their motorcyclist fatalities. Still, Ohio officials aren't overly optimistic about the 2013 riding season.

The improving economy is making motorcycle ownership a reality for more Ohioans, but new riders generally make more mistakes than experienced ones. And, as seasoned bikers know, it is usually the passenger-vehicle driver who is at fault in motorcycle collisions. New riders may not anticipate the common mistakes that motorists make at the expense of Ohio motorcyclists.

When motorcyclists are involved in accidents, their injuries often exceed the policy limits of Ohio insurers. A personal injury lawsuit may be the only way to obtain full compensation for motorcycle accident injuries. And in fatal crashes, family members may need to bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased.

If you need to assess your legal options after a crash, contact an experienced Cincinnati motorcycle injury attorney. There are strict time limits for bringing a claim, so don't delay.

Source:, "Motorcycle Deaths Continue To Climb," April 25, 2013

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