Columbus Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Trusted and Respected Columbus Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
At the law office of Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A., in Columbus, Ohio, our attorneys provide expert legal assistance throughout Central Ohio and Southern Ohio to those who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of a motorcycle accident. If you or a family member has been injured on a motorcycle due to a collision or a crash caused by the negligence of a careless driver, our Columbus motorcycle injury law firm will advocate relentlessly on your behalf to secure the best recovery possible.
Due to their degree of exposure, motorcycle riders often suffer devastating injuries when they are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. As a motorcyclist, you have the same rights on the road as the driver of a car, truck, bus, or any other motor vehicle, but insurance companies often attempt to blame motorcycle riders for their injuries. An experienced Columbus motorcycle accident attorney can help you navigate the process of making a claim for recovery and will advocate on your behalf.
If the driver of a motor vehicle is at fault for a collision due to forcing you off the roadway, driver fatigue, distracted driving (such as texting), drunk driving (intoxication), or simple carelessness, you have the right to pursue a claim to recover from that driver or his or her insurance company. This is often true even if there was no contact between the motor vehicle and the motorcycle, such as when a car pulls out in front of a motorcycle causing it to crash.
Help With All Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Columbus, Ohio
Our Ohio personal injury law firm is experienced in handling cases involving serious injuries of motorcycle riders, including:
- Head injuries, brain injuries, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Neck injuries, shoulder injuries
- Back, disc, and spinal cord injuries
- Herniated discs and/or sciatic pain and nerve injuries
- Paralysis and quadriplegia
- Broken legs, broken arms, broken limb injuries
- Pelvic injuries
- Foot and hand injuries
- Knee injuries, ankle injuries
- Lacerations or “road rash”
While every case is different, typical compensation from such claims includes the injured motorcyclist’s past and current medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, and compensation for noneconomic items, such as pain and suffering, physical or permanent deformities, scarring, and other losses.
Skilled Riders Are No Match for Negligent Drivers
When investigating motorcycle accidents in Ohio, the Ohio Highway Patrol puts the blame on motorcycle riders about 60% of the time. Over half of those riders don’t have a valid motorcycle license or a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement. Getting that license or endorsement requires passing a skills test that shows you know how to ride safely.
These facts still leave the car driver responsible for the accident 40% of the time and reveal something every experienced rider knows: not even the most skilled rider is protected from the negligence of another driver. In 2020, there were 487,412 motorcycles registered in Ohio, including 31,379 bikes registered in Franklin County. Here in Franklin County, hundreds of motorcycle crashes occur every year, taking the lives of more than a dozen riders annually.
Motorcycle riders are at risk of serious injury in a crash due to their being more exposed and vulnerable in a collision with a much larger and heavier motor vehicle. Their smaller size, and the fact that there are far fewer motorcycles on the road compared to other vehicles, also increase the chances they will get into a crash. Even careful car drivers are more attuned to watching out for other cars on the road, but not motorcycles, before turning or changing lanes, for example. Due to this inattentional blindness, drivers don’t notice motorcycles in their vicinity, despite the fact that they are fully visible.
It is hard enough for a careful driver to notice a motorcycle, but this problem is compounded for a negligent driver. A driver who is texting while driving or otherwise distracted, or who has been drinking or nodding off at the wheel, is far less likely to notice a motorcycle and react in time to avoid a crash.
Failure to yield the right-of-way to a motorcyclist is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents in Columbus, as are unsafe turns and lane changes. The most common and most devastating motorcycle accident occurs when a driver executes a left turn into the path of an oncoming bike. Drivers either don’t notice or check for the motorcycle or if they do, they misjudge its speed and distance due to the motorcycle’s smaller size and the driver’s unfamiliarity with motorcycles.
Sadly, some motorcycle crashes aren’t accidents at all. Some drivers simply don’t respect motorcycles and the rider’s right to share the road with them. Drivers get nervous around motorcycles and make mistakes, or they act recklessly or aggressively, squeezing motorcycles out of their lanes or forcing them off the road. Negligent or reckless drivers can be responsible for motorcycle crashes even without making contact. Proving a driver’s fault for these so-called phantom accidents can be especially difficult, but a skilled and experienced motorcycle accident attorney should be able to help.
Contact Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A. to Discuss Your Potential Claims
Our law firm has the experience and skills necessary. Our firm is experienced in working complex cases and achieving favorable and successful results. Our firm also is experienced in working with top experts, such as accident reconstructionists, and understands when experts are required to overcome blame-shifting arguments from the insurance companies. We carry a manageable caseload, which allows us to pay careful attention to the details of each case and be available to discuss and work closely with our clients in achieving favorable results.
We provide free consultations and work on contingency fees. We understand the financial burdens that can arise after a motorcycle wreck and work with you and the financial hardships you are going through. We offer free consultations and can meet at our downtown Columbus office or our office in Worthington, Ohio. In addition, we also handle motorcycle accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our fee will be a percentage of the overall recovery we help you achieve. If you do not make any recovery, you do not owe us a fee.
Our law firm is award-winning. In addition to our earned reputation among clients and colleagues, Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A. has been recognized within Ohio Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40, America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, several other prestigious top trial lawyers groups in Ohio and the United States, such as the Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum.
To discuss your case with a trusted, respected, and experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Columbus, Ohio, please contact our Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A. at 614-221-4035.