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What makes a motorcycle accident so dangerous?

As a motorcyclist in Ohio, you likely know that motorcycles are considered more dangerous than other vehicles. But why is that, exactly? What is it about a motorcycle that increases your risk of getting into harmful situations?

Medicinenet.com hosts an article detailing exactly why motorcycle crashes are so deadly compared to other types of vehicular accidents. The study showed that not only is the loss of life higher in accidents involving motorcycles, but that medical expenses also rise. Motorcycle accidents can cost the healthcare system up to six times as much as other types of crashes, and they are five times as potentially lethal.

But why is that? The answer can be boiled down to one major component: a lack of protection. Cars have more built-in protection that motorcycles do. They have a sturdier exterior, larger airbags, and brakes that won't lock up in a pinch.

There has also been a lack of emphasis on motorcycle safety. Some bikers insist that there need to be stricter laws about riding with helmets. Speed and alcohol use also contribute to the deadliness of motorcycle crashes. Some believe that tougher campaigns are needed to instill better biking behavior, while others think that the safety features on motorcycles themselves can and should be improved.

Motorcycle safety has been a focal point of improvement over the years, but life-altering accidents still occur every day. If you have been the victim of such an accident, you may want to look into your legal options to see if you can be compensated for your financial, physical and emotional losses.

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