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Ohio Motorcycle Accidents
If you were injured in an Ohio motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for:
- Past, present, and future medical bills for treatment related to your motorcycle-accident injuries
- The repair or replacement of your motor vehicle and any property that was damaged or destroyed in the accident
- Lost wages for time off from work (including time spent going to doctor's appointments and physical therapy)
- The cost of hiring someone to do household chores that you're unable to do because of your injury
- Permanent disability and disfigurement stemming from the motorcycle crash
- Any loss in future earnings ability because of the motorcycle accident
- Emotional distress stemming from the motorcycle accident
- Any other costs you've incurred because of the accident
If anyone was killed in the motorcycle crash or if either driver was intoxicated, the state of Ohio may prosecute the driver at fault and/or the intoxicated driver. In the case of other motorcycle accidents, you may ultimately have to file a motorcycle accident personal injury lawsuit in Ohio courts to recover money from the driver at fault or from his or her insurance company.
How Is Fault Determined?
To collect money stemming from a motorcycle crash injury claim, Ohio law requires you to prove that the other driver was negligent. You must show:
- The driver who caused your injuries had a responsibility not to injure you and failed to live up to that duty
- There is a connection between the other driver's responsibility and your injury
- You suffered damages, or a financial loss, as a result of the motorcycle accident
Ohio law will reduce the total amount you can recover if it's found that your carelessness contributed to your motorcycle accident injuries.
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?
Ohio law gives you two years from the date of your motorcycle accident in which to file a claim against the other driver. (This is known as the statute of limitations.) If you and your Ohio motorcycle accident lawyer are unable to negotiate a settlement with the other driver (or the driver's insurance company), you should consider filing a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out.
Ohio Motorcycle Insurance Requirements
Ohio laws require all drivers have mandatory motorcycle insurance coverage (or proof of financial responsibility) that meets these minimum requirements:
- Bodily injury liability: $12,500 for bodily injury of one person and $25,000 for all people in any one crash
- Property damage liability: $7,500 per accident
Additional Ohio Motorcycle Accident Resources
The American Motorcyclist Association's Ohio State Motorcycle Laws