Age of motorcycle rider matters little in personal injury cases

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.

However, there is an interesting statistical trend about motorcycle safety in Ohio that you probably did not know. According to 2012 statistics compiled by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the chance that a motorcyclist will be killed in an accident actually increases with age of the rider, but the chances for their involvement in accidents are roughly the same. For example, the age group of motorcyclists between 51 and 55 suffered 29 motorcycle fatalities in 2012, compared to the age group of 26 through 30, which listed only 12 deaths.

Now, consider the numbers of motorcycle injuries compared to those same age ranges. The group of riders age 51 through 55 suffered 467 motorcycle accidents. Whereas, the age group 26 through 30 listed 369 accidents involving motorcycles.

If you are an Ohio resident personally injured in a motorcycle accident or a family member of a motorcyclist killed while riding, there are a few things our firm would like you to know. Our law offices have over 75 years of combined legal experience serving clients throughout Southwest Ohio. From our three law offices, located in Lebanon, West Chester and downtown Cincinnati, we stand ready to advocate forcefully on your behalf against at-fault drivers and the insurance companies that represent them.

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