Like many other Ohio residents, you may enjoy riding a motorcycle. Not only is it often more economical, but it also provides you with a sense of freedom you cannot get from a passenger vehicle. The main problem is that it also puts you at risk for severe injuries that you may not suffer in a passenger vehicle if you are in a collision. Car accidents involving motorcycle riders rarely end well for the rider while vehicle occupants often walk away unscathed.
With only a helmet, and maybe road leathers, you still lack the same protections of a car, truck or SUV. Your body takes a certain degree of the impact no matter what you do. This could lead to serious injuries that may leave you with permanent injuries, scars and disfigurements.
Broken bones, road rash and lacerations could be considered the less serious injuries in motorcycle vs. car accidents. The odds are that you could suffer a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury or an injury so catastrophic to a limb that it requires amputation. Of course, depending on the circumstances of the crash, you could suffer an amputation in the impact. These injuries all come with lengthy recovery times and expensive medical bills, among other damages.
In most motorcycle vs. car accidents, the other vehicle hits the motorcycle. If you can prove through the applicable evidence that negligence on the part of that vehicle driver caused or materially contributed to your injuries, you may receive an award of damages from an Ohio civil court. Any restitution you receive could prove invaluable in paying for your current and future medical needs and providing you with an income while you are unable to work.