Motorcyclists are entitled to the same rights as every other motorist in Columbus. When a motorcyclist is injured in an accident, the personal injury lawyers at Colombo Law are here to provide experienced, caring, and aggressive legal representation for them. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Columbus, we will work on your behalf to obtain compensation for the damages you’ve sustained.

We provide legal representation to accident victims throughout Ohio from our office in Columbus. We take pride in helping victims of accidents get their lives back in order. We have many resources that we will use to help your case be successful and will stop at nothing to ensure that your rights are protected.



Why You Need a Columbus Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Columbus that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. However, instead of focussing on the legal process, you need to be focused on your recovery and healing from your accident. Colombo Law is here to take the burden of the legal process off of your shoulders. While you concentrate on healing, we will take on the numerous inconveniences of dealing with insurance companies and other entities, so you don’t have to.

Colombo Law takes pride in treating all of our clients with compassion and respect. This includes keeping you informed, answering your questions, and acting in your best interest throughout the entirety of your case. For your convenience, we will schedule an initial consultation at our office, or we will come to you. This initial consultation is free, so you will not have to feel obligated to us. If you choose to retain us as legal counsel, our services to you will be contingent, meaning that you will not have to pay us a thing if we don’t win your case.

Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Ohio

Unfortunately, motorcyclists have garnered a bad reputation when it comes to their behaviors on the road. They are often regarded as daredevils and speed demons, and insurance companies often won’t view them in a positive light. In many cases, even when the motorcyclist is the victim, they will often try to place blame on them for an accident. In many cases, this is false.

Many motorcycle accidents are caused due to a driver who did not see the biker. This often happens when cars are turning left at an intersection. Motorcyclists are also struck in intersections who fail to observe their right of way. This can cause serious injuries and often leads to death.

Other common causes of motorcycle accidents in Columbus include:

  • Distracted drivers causing accidents
  • Reckless driving or speeding by another motorist
  • Road defects such as potholes, gravel, and debris
  • Defective motorcycles and motorcycle products

Ohio Motorcycle Accident Statistics

The Ohio State Highway Patrol does a phenomenal job keeping detailed records of accident statistics year in and year out.

  • Out of the 305,000 accidents that occurred in Ohio in 2016, 4,235 of them involved a motorcyclist.
  • Of these 4,235 accidents, 202 of them caused death to the motorcyclist.
  • 3,500 rider experienced serious injuries.
  • The age group that was deadliest was ages 21-25 with 469 people being involved in a motorcycle accident in 2016.
  • Alcohol was a factor in 12.3% of riders who were involved in a fatal crash.
  • Only 40% of riders who were involved in an accident in Ohio in 2016 were wearing a helmet.

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Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Often, motorcyclists feel a rightful sense of independence while they are traveling down the road. However, this sense of independence can often turn dangerous in the blink of an eye. Motorcyclists are at much greater risk of death in a crash as compared to other motor vehicles. In fact, bikers are nearly five times more likely to be seriously injured in an accident than car occupants. Motorcyclists are subject to the following serious injuries in accidents:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries – Brain injuries are one of the most common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents. With or without a helmet, a biker who suffers a blow to the head can experience concussions, brain bleeds, partial and permanent brain damages, and death.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries – The forces put on a human body in the midst of a motorcycle accident are often too much to bear When the body is exposed to the violence of a motorcycle accident, the spinal cord is often affected. Spinal cord injuries from motorcycle accidents can cause partial or complete paralysis. Victims of paralysis have to endure expensive treatments and rehabilitation for the rest of their lives.
  • Internal Organ Damage – Damage to internal organs can be caused by blows to the chest or abdomen. These are also known as “crushing injuries” as they often break bones which then puncture vital organs like the lungs or spleen.
  • Injuries to The Lower Body – Injuries to the lower extremities are also common in motorcycle accidents. Broken hips, smashed kneecaps, broken legs, and broken pelvis’ can occur, as well as torn ligaments and tendons.
  • Loss of Limbs – Amputation is often the result of injuries that prove no other medical option in motorcycle accidents. This could be due to limbs being crushed or severely torn in the wreckage.

You can find out more about how to prevent a motorcycle accidents and injuries here.

Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Victims

Everyone who is operating a motor vehicle on a public road in Ohio has a legal obligation to uphold a duty of care toward others. If this duty of care is breached and results in a person sustaining injuries, Ohio personal injury law allows an injured victim to recover compensation for their damages from the negligent party.

Because most car owners only buy the minimum amount of liability insurance, motorcyclists who have damages that exceed the at-fault party’s insurance coverage should hire an experienced personal injury lawyer. Depending on the circumstances surrounding an accident, other coverages may be available to provide additional compensation.

Insurance companies strive to pay as little for accident claims as they can to improve their bottom line. Obtaining a proper amount of compensation from them almost always requires the help and knowledge of an experienced personal injury lawyer.

The personal injury lawyers at Colombo Law will help you pursue compensation for your motorcycle accident in the following ways:

  • We will investigate your motorcycle accident and identify all parties who may be at fault.
  • We will identify applicable insurance coverages held by liable parties.
  • We will identify the losses you have incurred.
    • Medical costs
    • Vehicle repair
    • Lost income
    • Rehabilitation costs
    • Pain and suffering
    • PTSD
  • We will file your claim with the liable insurance company and seek maximum compensation on your behalf.

Once an insurer receives your motorcycle accident claim from us, we will then work diligently to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. If we are not able to come to an agreement with the insurance company, we are not afraid to further pursue a claim on your behalf in court.

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Comparative Negligence and Columbus Motorcycle Accidents

When thinking about bringing a motorcycle accident claim, it is important to note that damages awarded to a plaintiff in a claim can be reduced based on the percentage of fault they hold in the accident. If a plaintiff has responsibility for an accident, a jury will assign a fault percentage to them. If a plaintiff is found to be more than 50% at-fault for an accident, then no damages will be awarded.

At Colombo Law, We Have Your Back After a Motorcycle Accident in Columbus

The motorcycle accident lawyers at Colombo Law in Columbus are attentive and dedicated to helping those who have suffered serious injuries in an accident. We believe that you deserve to be fairly compensated for your injuries and will do our best to ensure you do not get an unfair settlement from the insurance company. We are experienced in representing motorcycle accident victims across Ohio and will provide you with the representation of the highest quality.

Contact us today for a no-obligation initial discussion of your motorcycle accident. We will handle your case on a contingency fee basis, so you will not pay unless we win your case.

Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents in Ohio

What Percentage of Motorcycle Crashes in Ohio Result in Injury?

According to data from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s OSTATS Crash Dashboard:

  • There were 3,850 motorcycle-related crashes in 2023 in Ohio
  • 229 (6%) of these accidents were fatal, accounting for nearly 20% of fatal crashes in the state overall
  • 1,037 (27%) resulted in suspected serious injury
  • 1,431 (37%) resulted in suspected minor injury
  • 404 (10%) resulted in a possible injury

Approximately 75% of motorcycle crashes in Ohio in 2023 resulted in a suspected or possible injury. This is about twice as frequent as the percentage of car accidents that result in injury.

It is especially alarming to see that motorcycle crashes result in nearly 20% of the total traffic fatalities in Ohio. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcycle accidents make up 14% of deaths on the nation’s roads. Sadly, over 25% of motorcycle crashes (1,018) were youth-related, including 55 that were fatal.

What Ability Should the Best Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Have?

There are many abilities that you should look for in a motorcycle accident lawyer. At minimum, an attorney versed in motorcycle accident claims should have the following key competencies:

  • The ability to perform a thorough investigation
  • Experience finding and gathering evidence
  • Knowledge of how to calculate the right amount of compensation
  • Skill negotiating with insurance companies
  • Experience presenting cases at trial

If you were to sum up these abilities, the best motorcycle accident lawyer for your case would have the ability to recover maximum compensation on your behalf. Results matter, which is why you should always evaluate each prospective attorney’s track record in motorcycle accident cases.

Who Is Most Often at Fault in Motorcycle-Car Crashes?

Many motorcycle accidents are single-vehicle crashes attributable primarily to rider error. However, these incidents only represent a portion of the total accidents involving motorcycles.

Accidents involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle are most often caused by negligent drivers who fail to appropriately watch out for motorcycles on the road. Distracted driving, in particular, can often lead to these fatal errors.

One of the most common scenarios where a passenger vehicle causes a motorcycle accident occurs when the driver of the vehicle pulls out in front of the motorcycle at an intersection. According to the NHTSA, this is the cause of about one-third of the collisions between motorcycles and one or more additional vehicles.

Even in single-vehicle motorcycle accidents, other parties may be held responsible. Potential defendants may include a motorist who forces a rider off the road, an entity that fails to maintain safe road conditions, etc. A thorough investigation by an Ohio motorcycle accident attorney can identify who is at fault.

What Should You Do If You Have a Motorcycle Accident?

What you do immediately following a motorcycle accident can be critical not only for your health, but for your ability to recover fair compensation for your injuries. Broadly speaking, the steps you should take include:

  1. Call 911: If you or anyone else is injured in a motorcycle accident, you should call 911 immediately. It may be tempting to try to “shrug it off,” but you may not be able to accurately evaluate the seriousness of an injury following the trauma and adrenaline experienced in the aftermath of an accident.
  2. Document the scene: If you are able, you should speak to witnesses and try to take pictures of the scene of the accident. Bystanders’ memories fade and accident scenes tend to be cleaned up quickly, so it is best to try to document the crash as soon as possible.
  3. Gather driver information: You should also exchange information with anyone involved in the accident. It is important to get each driver’s name, phone number, driver’s license number, and license plate number, as well as their insurance information.
  4. Seek medical attention: Do not wait to seek treatment for your injuries. Any delay can cause your injuries to become worse, and it can also be used against you later should you try to pursue compensation.
  5. Talk to a lawyer: If you believe the accident was caused by another party, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. This will allow your attorney to start investigating and preparing your case right away.

What Is the Motorcycle Helmet Law in Ohio?

Ohio law dictates that any motorcycle rider or passenger under the age of 18, as well as a rider who has a “novice” license, must wear a protective helmet when operating or riding on a motorcycle (see Ohio Administrative Code Rule 4501-17-01). All motorcycle riders and passengers (regardless of age) are required to use protective eye devices such as goggles, a face shield, etc.

Legally, motorcyclists in Ohio can ride without a helmet. However, statistics show why all riders and passengers should wear a helmet.

According to the NHTSA, 25,000 lives could have been saved from 2002 to 2017 if every rider and passenger had worn a helmet. Furthermore, “motorcycle helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle operators and 41% effective for motorcycle passengers.”