The Ohio Department of Public Safety works diligently to protect motorcyclists on Ohio roadways through educational programs. The state of Ohio enacted many laws to protect motorcyclists, including:
-Helmets required for novice riders and riders under 18.
-All riders and passengers must have some form of eye protection.
-All motorcycles must have one, and no more than two, headlights, along with a taillight and brake light.
-The motorcycle must have a horn that can be heard from 200 feet away.
-At least one rearview mirror is needed on the motorcycle.
With these laws and educational programs in place, motorcycle safety has become well known but is still an issue on Ohio roads. Over a fifteen-year monitoring period, there has been an increase of motorcycle fatalities in 14 out of the 15 years in the United States. From 2011 to 2012 alone, motorcycle fatalities increased 9% in the nation. With over 33,500 motorcycle fatalities in 2012, Ohio motorcyclists account for nearly 10% of these accidents.
There are many causes of motorcycle accidents. Head on collisions with motor vehicles, cars making unprotected left hand turns, and lane splitting are common causes of motorcycle fatalities. Approximately 78% of the time, the front of the car strikes the motorcycle and causes a fatal crash. Most of the time, the motorcyclist is not at fault. Proper legal representation is then needed.
When the weathers nice, Ohio motorcyclists are out. It is important for both motorcyclists and operators of motor vehicles to consistently be aware of their surroundings, and to follow traffic laws accordingly.