The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Traffic Crash Facts report provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive statistics for accidents in the state, including motorcycle wrecks. Below, we discuss some of the key points of the report.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics At-a-Glance
The ODPS director, John Born, explains the purpose of the Ohio Traffic Crash Facts: “The annual report provides a comprehensive look at the driving behaviors, facts, and circumstances of traffic crashes on Ohio’s roads. It is aimed to assist the Ohio Department of Public Safety, local law enforcement agencies and other public safety partners determine priorities and allocate resources to improve highway safety in Ohio… It’s our hope that you will use these statistics to help educate, encourage, and promote safe driving in our state.”
All the figures below are taken from the research report and refer to accidents that occurred in 2013. The publication is available freely to the public on the ODPS website.
- Number of motorcycle crashes: 3,870
- Number of motorcycle injuries: 2,910
- Number of motorcycle deaths: 141
- Age group most at risk for motorcycle fatalities and injuries: 51 to 55.
- Percentage of motorcycle accident victims killed that were not wearing a helmet: 83 percent
- The parties most commonly at fault for motorcycle accidents: 55 percent = riders, 36 percent = non-motorcycle drivers (left-turn accidents with motorcycles, for example), animals: six percent
- Total number of motorcycle accidents involving alcohol: 302
- Percentage of fatal crashes in which the motorcycle rider was alcohol impaired: 25.5 percent
- County with the highest number of motorcycle injuries: Stark County
Seeking Recompense after a Motorcycle Crash
Motorcycle accidents often cause severe and catastrophic, if not fatal, injuries. A serious crash can devastate a family emotionally and financially. It’s important to look at all possible sources of recompense after an accident. This many mean filing a negligence claim against another driver or perhaps against a manufacturer if a defective part caused the crash. If your loved one didn’t survive the crash, you might have grounds to file a wrongful death claim.
It’s in your best interest to run your case by a motorcycle accident attorney who can review the circumstances around the accident and explain your options. For an attorney in Ohio, that’s dedicated to helping victims get the maximum compensation they deserve after an accident, contact Bressman Law. Call us today at 877-538-1116 to schedule a free consultation.