According to statistics released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, motorcycle accident fatalities are down significantly this year, even though registrations are up. In Franklin County, motorcycle accident fatalities are down as well. The overall number of motorcycle accidents in the state of Ohio declined to 120 so far this year, compared to 158 during the same period in 2010. In Franklin County, there have been 6 motorcycle-related fatalities so far, compared to 10 in 2010, and 14 in 2009. That represents an overall decline from nine in 2007, before a spike in ridership spurred an increase in 2009. In 2011, 711,000 drivers’ licenses included a motorcycle endorsement, up from 699,912 in 2009, a huge increase from 668,025 in 2008.

Perhaps as more motorcycles are on the road, drivers are becoming accustomed to look for them, though car drivers are only considered “at fault” in a third of motorcycle accidents. But much of the credit probably belongs to the motorcyclists themselves. After the huge increase in ridership in 2008-2009, many motorcyclists probably learned to become better riders, resulting in fewer fatalities.

Overall accident fatalities are down in Franklin County and across Ohio, as well. So far in 2011, there have been only 43 fatal crashes in Franklin County, compared to 73 in 2010 and 85 in 2008. Across Ohio, there have been 146 fewer fatalities in 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.

The only area that hasn’t seen a reduction in Franklin County is commercial-related accidents. Commercial-related fatal accidents, such as semi truck accidents have remained stable over the last three years, with 5 in 2009, 7 in 2010, and 6 so far in 2011.

If you have lost a loved one in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident, you may be able to receive compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. To learn whether you may be able to receive compensation, please contact the Columbus personal injury lawyers of Robert W. Kerpsack, CO, LPA today.