Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Motorcyclists in Middletown and Cincinnati Getting Killed Off by Careless Drivers

Yet another biker was killed in the greater Cincinnati Middletown Ohio area as motorcycle  season winds down. This tragic loss of life was caused by carelessness of an auto driver . You can almost bet that they had some distraction or were in a hurry. ( In this case it appears even more grievous.)

You can almost bet that some excuse other than their failure to watch the road carefully will crop up . I've heard too many excuses from negligent drivers, from suggestion of excessive speed to failure to not wearing a helmet by the downed motorcyclist who did nothing wrong..

Gregort Philpot Motorcyclist Killed in Car Motorcycle Crash

Gregory Philpot, age 58 was riding his Harley motorcycle eastbound on Tytus avenue. George Pickett age 38 was driving his Ford Explorer West bound. Philpot drove left of center into the head on path of Mr Philpot. Mr Philpot was thrown from his motorcycle and died at the scene.

                Pickett was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide. Mention was made that he had 19 priors although news reports did not say what for. Source Fox news. For some reason Fox news deemed it important to say Philpot was not wearing a helmet. The helmet did not cause the crash and it is highly unlikely that a helmet would have saved Mr Philpot's life.

Aggravated vehicular homicide usually involves driving while impaired from alcohol or drugs or driving recklessly.there could be a mandatory prison term of at least 2 years.  http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2929.14

Civil Action For Wrongful Death

A civil action is separate from a criminal action. The State brings the charges in a criminal case.  In a civil action the administrator of the estate brings an action for money damages against the defendant. If he had little or no insurance then there is likely to be no money damages to compensate the family for loss of what a father, son, husband provided to his family both financially and emotionally.

Motorcycle riders need to protect themselves with adequate insurance coverage in case of injury or death.I would imagine Mr Philpot left behind a family. Justice comes in the form of criminal and civil remedies. But more importantly there is a family that will never ever be the same again.

Further Reading For Motorcycle injury Rights and Remedies 


By Anthony Castelli Attorney





Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ridin For Wojo Cincinnati Motorcycle Community at Its Best

I attended the Ridin For WoJo scholarship ride today. I did not ride. I came to meet the people there before they hit the rode. I got to hug Wojo's mom.

Wojo, if you did not know, refers to Marine Staff Sergeant Mark A. (Tony) Wojciechowski. He was killed in action while conducting combat operations against anti-Iraqi forces in Iraq on April 30, 2009. He was 25 years old. 

He enlisted at 17 and had an illustrious and highly decorated military career. He was deployed to Iraq twice. He graduated EOD ( Explosive Ordinance Training) with 48 starting in his class and only 9 graduating.

He went to Goshen High School in Clermont County Ohio. A county that has sufferred much loosing young men to the wars fought to defend freedom. They never waiver.

The motorcycle ride was not just a remembrance of  Tony, but a ride to raise money for a scholarship fund for folks related to Veterans going to college. 

Before the ride a prayer was offered and the Star Spangled Banner was sung beautifully. I saw a few tears but mostly there were smiles all around. Amidst what must be great pain there is great joy in knowing these young heros. Remarkable men and women. 

The greater Cincinnati motorcycle community has a heart and soul like no other area that I know. They come together as patriots, that just don't talk, but lay their lives down for all of us. 

I just want to say thanks to all the Veterans and to Wojo's family for keeping us all aware the Freedom isn't Free. It never will be. And that's a good thing. Because Americans will fight harder and longer and do whatever it takes to protect democracy. They come together in Clermont County. A place some call the yellow ribbon capital of the world. 


To see some of the photos of this years ride click here Ridin for Wojo

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cincinnati Motorcycle Run Breast Fest Huge Success

      Breast Fest of Cincinnati 2014 this past Sunday was a huge success. The day was beautiful and the motorcycle s and biker came in droves to support wiping out breast cancer. There were over 1500 motorcycles  close to twice as many participants.

Everything was peaceful and upbeat. This biker crew is determined to wipe out breast cancer. Curious was the absence of the media. But no one really cared. The motorcycle brigade was there to enjoy their lifestyle and support a great charity.

This was the tenth year the event was held . It supports people with breast cancer as well as the www.pinkribbongirls.com The bikes were line up totally surrounding the Holy Grail. A police escort got them on their way.

The bikers were in full regalia. Although the day was a scorcher no one cared, but all were greatful  the great weather that would allow them to pursue a day of wind therapy and joy with their friends.

The Breast Fest acknowledged these great motorcycle clubs/groups as assisting in the ride:
American Dawgs  - American Legion Riders  -  Chrome Divas -  Fire and Iron

HOG of Cincy -  Shriners Motor Patrol -  Southern Ohio Bikers

And many more long time friends .

Breast Fest video take Off

For help with car accidents or motorcycle accidents contact Anthony Castelli Attorney for car accidents injury and of course for motorcycle crash help

Friday, May 30, 2014

Breast Fest 2014 One of the Top Motorcycle Events in Cincinnati

Cincinnati has many great charitable motorcycle events and a top one is Breast Fest.This years Breast Fest is the 10th annual. It could have over a 1000 bikes participating. So mark Sunday June 1st, on you calender of motorcycle events to attend.

The proceeds of the ride are used to fight against breast cancer. The beneficiaries this year are the organization pinkribbongirls.org. But breast cancer has a face to it. In fact many faces. There are two ladies that are going to be specific beneficiaries.

Melissa Morrison a 35 year old single mother of two toddlers is one person that will get some much needed assistance.  Her breast cancer was stage 3 and she had 6 rounds of chemo, 31 doses of radiation and 20 Herceptin treatments. In addition she has gone thru 6 surgeries.          

Also Angie Auel, a forty year old mother of three and a school teacher is the other specific beneficiary. In January 2012 she found out she had stage 4 cancer. 
She battles hard everyday.

The ride starts at the Holy Grail Banks 161 Joe Nuxall Way. Registration is at 10:30 and bikes depart at 12:30. The ride ends at McDogs Lakeside saloon 3611 Bevis Way. So even if you can not be in the ride you can come to Mcdogs and join in the festivities and reach into your pocket book to give to a great cause.

There will be live music by Randy Peak, Super Bad and Chuck Brisbin. The guest emcee will be from 96Rock. There will be plenty of food and fun.

History of Breast Fest Cincinnati

Kathy and Dam McCarthy started the  event in 2005. This was to help their daughter's friend  diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 27. They have been organizing the event ever since.

For more information the web site to go to is www.breastfestcincinnati.com

Here is a link to a photo album we took of last years motorcycle breast fest.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cincinnati Secret Biker Bar - Blue Note Yacht Club Is a Blast

Cincinnati's newest biker bar the Blue Note Yacht Club is not a secret anymore after its grand opening this Wednesday. Owner Doug Gundrum looks like he has got a new hit on his hands.

The Blue Note Yacht Club, with its outdoor bar and great barbecue from Walt's is nested back on River road with a great river view. The grand opening this Wednesday was blessed with  great weather and the band Prizoner, a motorcycle bar band and event staple.

I arrived early coming from a downtown Court appearance and got to spend some time with Doug Gundrum. I learned he owned the west side staple the Blue Note Club when he was 27 years old. And for over 20 years he shepherded a successful night spot featuring live music.

But as times changed Doug "relocated" down on River Road on a large lot that was like a forest. His vision was to build a great atmosphere for the biker community and anyone else that enjoys a beer or two, some barbecue, a river view and great music.

Judging by went down this Wednesday night it looks like he is going to have a huge success on his hands. You can tell the place has the atmosphere of his friendly demeanor. The bar was packed but not crowded. Currently it is only an out door venue. But Doug is working hard to create an inside bar and hopes to be ready when the cold weather comes around again.

Nicole Smith-Korman , former Chrome Dive and and now creator and founder of Throttle Girls turned me on to the fact that it was going to be a rockin good time as the grand opening of the Blue Note Yacht Club was featuring Prizoner and she was rounding up her crew and touting Doug's place as the newest biker bar.

It certainly did not disappoint. As a biker lawyer I love to embed myself in the biker community and try to show up with my Rock Star photographer, Kraig Haplea, to document the motorcycles, the bikers, and the atmosphere of the biker community. I think it goes a long way to dispel the myths about motorcyclists.

Everyone got along and even though it's a bar, it appeared that no one was even close to being drunk. It was a friendly relaxed atmosphere. One of the vendors selling jewelry, Colleen Meth, is a retired police officer.

To give you a taste of the action here are a few pics we took. BTW you can bet I'll be back a time or two. You can meet old friends and make new friends in a super relaxing laid back fun place on the River.

Doug Gundrum and Anthony Castelli


Ready -- May is Motorcycle Month and The Blue Note Yacht Club kicked it off with a great time. I highly recommend you come on down to Cincinnati's newest biker bar that's not a secret anymore.

By Anthony Castelli
Motorcycle Rights and Help

Breaking News Motorcyclist Killed in Car Crash

          WDTN news is reporting that a motorcyclist, Paul Estep in Preble County, Ohio was killed when a car went left of center crashing into him.

They describe the crash as happening near Eaton Ohio . Although the facts are sketchy the Ohio state highway patrol is investigating.

How the motorcycle car crash occurred

A car driven by an unnamed driver was heading North on State Route 122. In his direction there were some stopped motor vehicles. The operator of the automobile was not paying close enough attention or was traveling too fast and went left of center instead of gently stopping in his lane behind the stopped vehicles.

The motor vehicle crashed head on into Paul Estep who was riding his motorcycle in the opposite direction. Apparently Paul Estep never had a chance.


All to often careless drivers swerve left of center to avoid vehicles in their path. This creates a much greater chance of a deadly car crash. Terrible forces come into play when two motor vehicles heading in the same direction crash into each other. Why don't drivers just slam on their breaks and ride it out.

Or if they try an avoidance maneuver why not go to the right off the roadway. If that done I'm betting loss of life would have been prevented.

One thing I know things will never be the same for the family of Paul Estep. The insurance money they may collect for the wrongful death is of little solace. Families of motorcyclists are destroyed in a blink of an eye because of careless notorcyclists.

By Anthony Castelli Ohio personal injury and motorcycle accident lawyer . He wrote the book on protecting Ohio motorcyclists and their families. You can download the Ohio Motorcycle Bible at      http://www.castellilaw.com/files/ebook_motorcycle_bible.pdf

Monday, November 4, 2013

Unsafe Lane Change: A Killer for Bikers Across the U.S.!

Motorcycle safety is the same in California as it is in Ohio and elsewhere.While California is the number 1 mecca for motorcycle riders you might be surprised to learn that Ohio is number 3 on the list for registered motorcycles. My friend Steve Sweat is a motorcycle accident lawyer with a lot of experience regarding motorcycle accidents safety, prevention and helping injury victims with motorcycle accidents in California.So I asked by friend if he wouldn't  mind covering what he thought were some crtitical aspects of motorcycle safety. Here's what he wrote. please read . It could save your life

 Whether you’re a motorcycle rider in Ohio or California or any other state in the Union, there is one thing that is as deadly as anything on our nation’s highways for bikers and that is, another vehicle making an unsafe lane change and clipping the motorcycle rider.  Because of the speeds at which most all vehicles including bikes are traveling, there are rare occasions where the bike rider is able to regain control but, the majority of the time, this collision results in a lay down and ejectment onto a busy highway.  If the initial impact does not cause extreme bodily harm such as fractures, lacerations, abrasions (road rash), internal bleeding or any number of other serious medical conditions, the fact that the rider is now in the roadway and facing oncoming traffic is cause for further injury or death.

Why is the unsafe lane change so frequent a cause for traffic collisions between cars and bikes?

Lane change accidents always come down to one thing: Failure to properly notice or assess the presence of another vehicle in a juxtaposed lane prior to making a turning movement into that lane of travel.  With regard to auto vs. motorcycle collisions, this is amplified due to the disparity in size between cars, trucks and SUVs, on the one hand, and motorcycles, on the other.  Oftentimes, the biker is not even seen at all prior to the lane change.  Moreover, a misjudged collision is also all too common.  In a recent study conducted by psychologists at Texas Tech University, it was shown that the human brain actually correlates size with distance and frequently miscalculates a smaller object as being farther away than it really is.  It is for this reason that most all side view mirrors on vehicles have the phrase “objects in mirror may be closer than they appear” printed on the glass.

The lane change smash-up takes many forms, including the following scenarios:

1.       Direct Side Impact: This occurs when the car enters the lane where the biker is riding while the motorcycle is wholly or partially on the side of the vehicle changing lanes.  Most often this results in the biker being pushed and knocked down unless they can avoid impact by escaping to their right or left.
2.       Getting Clipped: This occurs either when the biker is at the rear of the adjacent car or truck and the vehicle hits the bike and then swerves back to try to correct or when a motor vehicle passes a motorcyclist and then misjudges how far they have gone and attempts to get back in front of the bike and catches the front tires or spokes with the rear bumper corner.

What are some of the ways a biker can avoid a side-swipe crash on a highway?

If the main cause of side-impact collisions between cars and bikes is a lack of being noticed then, the main rule of thumb is to make yourself more conspicuous and give yourself an “out” when you are riding a motorcycle on a multi-lane highway or freeway.  Good tips for avoiding the accident or minimizing injury include the following:

·         Wear brightly colored clothing or buy a bike that is a bright color.
·         Get louder pipes and give it rev, when necessary to let the driver know of your presence.
·         Avoid riding for any length of time in a potential blind spot (e.g. at the right or left rear quarter panel of the vehicle next to you).

·         If possible, ride in the far right or far left lane with an emergency lane adjacent to you to give yourself an “out” in the event a car does come over on you.
·         Wear protective gear like helmets, skid guards, gloves, and boots.  This will mitigate bodily harm in the event of an ejectment or lay down.

What do most state laws say about the legal liability of motorists who cross lanes of travel without looking or noticing a motorcycle?

Every state has a same or similar rule regarding the legal liability or fault associated with changing lanes and causing an accident.  For example, under California Vehicle Code 21658(a) a driver is mandated to travel “as nearly as practical entirely within one lane” on multi-lane highways and is prohibited from moving from one lane to another unless and until “such movement can be made with reasonable safety.”  Likewise, Ohio Code 4511.33 has almost identical language requiring motor vehicle operators to remain within one lane of travel until an entry into an adjacent lane can be made “with safety.”

Why is it best to consult with an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer as soon as possible following a lane change collision?

Oftentimes, the biker who is the victim of a driver coming over on them on the freeway goes down and suffers serious injuries including head trauma that can affect their ability to recall all the events leading up to and just prior to impact.  Drivers will most often stop but, sometimes not until they are informed by other motor vehicle operators or law enforcement that they have caused a traffic incident. 

It is human nature to try to point the finger at other people when an accident like this happens and it is “second nature” for insurance adjusters to try to find legal blame against the motorcycle rider.  This makes it crucial to consult with a personal injury attorney who represents motorcyclists on a regular basis and is all too familiar with the lane change scenario and how to best advocate for the legal interest of the biker.  An experienced biker’s lawyer can obtain recorded statements or depositions of third party witnesses, employ accident reconstruction experts, review police incident reports and take the deposition of the driver in question and conduct many other steps that will ensure that the legal fault will lie with the driver who clipped the biker and that their insurance carrier will pay all costs of present and future medical expenses and pain and suffering damages to the biker.


Author Bio: Steven M. Sweat is a partner with the Los Angeles personal injury law firm of Glotzer and Sweat LLP.  He has been an attorney representing injured motorcyclists in California for over 17 years and is a regular contributor to this and other blogs on motorcycle safety and accident claims.

Published by Anthony Castelli Attorney motorcycle accident lawyer
Other Reources: Ohio Motorcycle Garage

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ohio Motorcycle Accidents - What is Causing Them - Prevention tips

A rash of Ohio Motorcycle accidents have caught me attention. Maybe it's the good weather. but it seems multiple motorcycle accidents are being reported on  a daily basis. Here is a quick list of just a few.

Listing of Ohio Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle crash injures Toledo manToledo Blade
TONTOGONY, Ohio — A Toledo motorcyclist was injured Sunday evening when he lost control of his cycle and was thrown off on State Rt. 65 near State Rt. 235 ...
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This was a one motorcycle accident when a Ohio motorcyclist lost control of his motorcycle and ran off the right side of the road.Sounds like a case of too fast and target fixation.

Ohio motorcyclist injured in crashPalladium-Item
An Ohio man was taken by air ambulance from the scene of a motorcycle accident in Randolph County on Saturday. Randall E. Canary, 57, Celina, Ohio...
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This motorcycle crash was another motorcyclist loosing control in a curve and going off the right side of the road.

Man suffers head injury in motorcycle accidentReview Times
Brumbaugh lost control of the motorcycle after crossing Ohio 101 and was ... was not wearing a helmet and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.
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Here the biker failed to stop at a stop sign and lost control and was thrown from his motorcycle. sounds again like speed .

Ohio 2 westbound in Willoughby closes for more than 3 hours ...Plain Dealer
The man lost control of the motorcycle and drove off the right side of the road, ... The crash closed a section of Ohio 2 westbound between Lost Nation Road and ...
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In this case the motorcycle rider rear ended a car in front of him.

Marion man killed in two-vehicle accident on Ohio 529WMFD.com
The Marion Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred ... The motorcycle went left of center and struck a 2002 Chevrolet Truck 2500 series ...

Here the motorcyclist went left of center of the highway.

Also Bantam weight Cornelius Griffin apparently crashed his motorcycle and was killed.

Facts Are Too Many Motorcyclists Don't Know How To Ride

Motorcyclists need to take the basic rider course and the advanced rider course. Please go to this site http://www.motorcycle.ohio.gov/  and sign up for a rider safety course. At least go to the Ohio motorcycle garage www.ohiomotorcyclegarage.com and check out the riding safety tips and videos.

The tip for the day is take the course. The second tip is reduce your speed..

By Anthony Castelli Ohio motorcycle accident lawyer . If you are hurt by a careless driver call 1-800-447-6549 for a free consultation

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Watch For Motorcycles Cincy Another Great Cincinnati Charity Motorcycle Event

The Cincinnati motorcycle community is diverse and quite active in charitable events and another great one is coming your way: Watch For Motorcycles Cincy was started after a motorcyclist, Scott Griffith, was seriously injured when he went down trying to avoid pedestrians that walked in front of him.

That quick friends and acquaintences put together a motorcycle event with an emphasis on safety to raise funds for his medical bills and to raise the awareness of the motorcycle community as well as the motor vehicle (cagers) to watch out to prevent motorcycle crashes.

I had an opportunity to interview Tim Burke an avid motorcyclist, owner of his own software company, and president of the Cafe Racers Club. We sat down an did a google hangout to get the word out about the event coming up this Sunday. Tim's helping out with the event that got started by Nicole Lynn Knight-Howard.

They will stage form the Triumph motorcycle store from 9 to 11. Will go on a great ride. then they will end up at the Madison theatre in Oakley Ohio with food and beverage and many great bands and much more.

Watch this interview with Tim Burke to learn more about this super event.

Here is the facebok event page

Here is the web site to get some more specifics  http://looktwicecincy.com/

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By Anthony Castelli Public service announcement

PS     For Some great safety tips and other videos about motorcycle stuff check out www.ohiomotorcyclegarage.com . Go there and  Build a bike and email it to me at tony@castellilaw.com and I'll donate a dollar to the cause . Hopefully this will become an annual event to promote safety. Too many are hurt riding motorcycles everone needs to play their part.  So build you best bike and send it to me and I'll contribute a dollar to this fun and safe event. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ohio Motorcycle Event To Beat Graves Disease Put on by One Brave Lady 2013

Cincinnati Ohio Motocycle Run and Party for Graves Disease
The second Annual Graves Disease Ride and Party will be held Saturday  August 17th at Rick's Tavern and Grill located on Boymel Drive in Fairfirld Ohio.(See flyer to left)

The driving force and organizer for the event is an amazing sweet and courageous young lady Jessica Gabbard. She knows fiirst hand the difficulties this diesease can bring as she has been battling it herself.

The diease can lead to death if undiagnoses and even when it is properly diagnosed there are still many difficult symptoms to fdeal with. Just one is the pushing of the eyeballs out in a noticeable protrubing fashion. but it's not only the appearance that becomes altered , but visio can be seriously affected.

What is Graves Disease

Graves disease is an autoimmune disorder that leads to overactivity of the thyriod gland called hyperthyroidism. An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys health body tissue.

Without treatment, Graves' disease can lead to heart problems, weak and brittle bones, and even death. “Thyroid storm” is a very rare, life-threatening condition that can occur if overactive thyroid is not treated. An acute stress, such as trauma, surgery, or infection, usually triggers it to occur. In pregnant women, untreated disease can threaten the mother and unborn baby's health.

The eyes are particularly vulnerable to Graves' eye disease, because the autoimmune attack often targets the eye muscles and connective tissue within the eye socket. This occurs because these tissues contain proteins that appear similar to the immune system as those of the thyroid gland. Ocular symptoms can range from mild to severe; but only 10-20% of patients have sight threatening disease. Another tissue that can also be involved in the immune attack of Graves' eye disease is the skin of the shins.

Symtoms referrable to the eyes can involve double vision, sensitivity to light , protruding eyes, pressure at the eye sockets and loss of vision. Other symptoms can be pain, fatigue, and muscle weakness to name a few .

About I million people contract graves disease each year. So there is a significant number of people with this diease. On such lady is Jessica Gabbard. I had the opportunity to interivew Jessica on a wide range of subjucets about herself, the disease and the event she started last year to raise money for Graves disease awareness. 

Pleaese take some time to listen to Jessica's interview. Learn how she turned ridicule and feeling sorry for herself to self confidence, happiness and hope and making the most of every day. 

Please be sure to mark Saturday August 17 on your calender to attend the bike rally and after party. This should be quite a shindig as Jessica loves to throw a party. You can bet there will be some son's of Anarchy gear to buy or win at auction as those are some of Jennifer's firends, along with her inspiration Jimmy Kay of Two Wheel Thunder TV.

By Anthony Castelli injury accident and motorcycle lawyer 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Ohio Motorcycle Lawyer Promotes Biker Safety on Times Square

Ohio Motorcycle Attorney Anthony Castelli Promotes Accident Safety
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month so Ohio Motorcycle Lawyer Anthony Castelli decided to promote motorcycle safety on Times Square. If you look close you can see the statement Watch For Motorcycles on the Reuters international news agency sign located on Times Square in the Big Apple.

The purpose of this month is to raise the awareness of anyone on the road driving a motor vehicle about how to prevent motorcycle accidents. This means that motorcycle riders as well as car drivers all have their part. It is important to know what are the major causes of motorcycle crashes so you can begin to practice prevention.

Causes of Fatal Single Motorcycle Crashes

In 2001 the federal government National Highway Traffic Safety administration released a comprehensive study of single vehicle fatal motorcycle crashes.(1) They found that most single motorcycle wrecks were associated with:

Alcohol use
Curves in the road 

This is my summary, but it appears that these three factors were of major influence. 60 percent of all fatal motorcycle drivers had alcohol in their system. See the Chart below.

60% of fatalities occurred on rural roads while negotiating a curve.

58% of fatalities of operators were associated with speeding

We are killing ourselves in record numbers due to booze, speed and inability to negotiate turns. This implicates conscious choice as well as poor driving ability. 

My Conclusion is don't drink and drive, don't speed, and learn how to take curves. Slow down before you get into the curve. Braking in a curve is a recipe for disaster, as is target fixation. Where you look is where that motorcycle will go.

Let's get our own house in order. Let's control what we can control. 

Causes of Motorcycle and other Vehicle Crashes

I do not even have to cite a source to know that these crashes are primarily caused by car driver inattention and not looking effectively. That's why we say Look Twice Save a Life and why I put on the Reuters international news agency sign Watch For Motorcycles. Failure to yield the right of way by the car driver was the cause of 35% of the fatalities. (2)

So everyone do your part. Please! Too many motorcyclists are dying. we all can do better.

1.http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809-360.pdf Fatal single vehicle motorcycle crashes.
2. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810834.pdf  Fatal two vehicle motorcycle crashes

About the Author

Anthony Castelli is a personal injury lawyer with 30 years of experience in injury safety law. He rides a motorcycle and promotes motorcycle safety. He is the author of The Ohio Motorcycle Bible - The Guide to Protecting Ohio Motorcyclists and Their Families. He offers his Ohio motorcycle safety kit free to Ohio motorcycle residents. You can contact him at 1-800-447-6549. He handles personal injury claims and has represented many injured motorcycle riders to help them recover physically and financially.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Ohio Motorcycle Freedom Ride 2013 News and Events for Bikers

The 4th annual Ohio Motorcyle Freedom Ride is jumping off Saturday May 18.2013. Bob Trost is the
driving force behind this motorcycle event . It starts at 9:00am registration and breakfast and kickstands up at 11AM . The event is starting and ending at My Brothers Place in Dayton Ohio.

This Dayton, Ohio motorcycle event is connected to 30 other states in honoring veterans.

What to Bring For Admission

This event is not asking for money to ride. Bob is asking that you bring new clothes such as socks, underwear , shirts in sizes large to double x. These will be donated directly to the veterans transition house in Dayton. So please bring some New Clothes To Donate.

Safety in Motorcycle Ride

This promises to be one of the safest group rides. Bob has the police all lined up in the various jurisdictions . The riders must ride staggered. He will handle blocking activities directly.

Have a Great Motorcycle Charity Ride 

This ride gets back to My Brothers Place about 6 PM. Then the fun continues with a live band. There will be some great barbecue served for dinner at a reasonable price. The ride is sponsored by the 
veterans brotherhood MC and general electric. Here is a link to the Ohio Freedom ride website.

Watch The Video of Bob Trost talking about the 2013 Ohio Motorcycle Freedom Ride 

This interview was done Thursday as part of the Ohio Motorcycle Life community on Google plus. Please join the community.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Concerns Over Increased Fatalities In Motorcycle Riders

concerns over increased fatalities in motorcycle riders New safety standards and laws have decreased the overall amount of fatal accidents occurring on America’s roads. While this is good news for most drivers on the road, this is not the case for motorcycle accidents. Although vehicle occupant fatalities have decreased, motorcycle rider deaths have actually increased in the same period. This gap between these statistics is alarming and has brought much needed speculation on what can be done to make motorcycle riders safer on the roads. Some states have implemented safety programs to address the issue and have been successful, but unfortunately not enough to keep the overall U.S. motorcycle fatality statistics from rising.

State Motorcycle Fatality Statistics

Over the last few years, some states have decreased their motorcycle fatalities. In twenty-three states there was a decrease in motorcycle fatalities in 2011 compared to 2010. These improvements are attributed to the implementation of helmet laws and increased education on motorcycle safety. However, the decrease in fatalities in these states did not counteract the larger increase in fatalities in 26 other states. The struggle with making motorcycle riding safer is that the manufacturers can do little to make the bikes themselves safer against fatalities. While four-wheel vehicles have continued to be improved for safety by adding air bags and many other safety features to protect their occupants, motorcycles do not have the same ability to improve on this level. The nature of the vehicle prohibits any protection between the rider and any object they impact with.

Elements That May Reduce Rider Fatalities

Since the motorcycles themselves cannot be altered drastically to reduce the likelihood of a fatality, it is up to the riders themselves to use preventive measures. Some of the most glaring issues that contribute to motorcycle fatalities are high speeds, alcohol consumption and lack of helmet usage. These three elements are all under the control of the motorcyclist and are the leading factors that are attributed to motorcycle fatalities.

 Riding safely, sober and within speed limits, is a step in the right direction. However, even a safe rider is still at risk of a fatality when they are riding without a helmet. The majority of motorcycle accidents are not due to motorcyclist’s error, yet regardless of the cause, any rider that is hit by another vehicle is extremely vulnerable without a helmet.

 For one reason or another, many motorcyclists still refuse to wear a helmet, even in states where they are mandated by law. There is no doubt that helmets reduce the risk of serious brain injury and death in riders. In 2008 alone, over 800 lives could have been saved if the riders were wearing helmets. Unfortunately many riders will not choose to wear a helmet for their own safety without a law demanding it. Lawmakers struggle to pass helmet laws, with many states having only laws for younger riders, or no helmet laws at all. It continues to be a controversial subject between those who ride and those who make the laws to protect their safety.

 The rise in fatalities of motorcyclists has been attributed to everything from increases in the number riders to weather. However, these arguments do not hold up when some states actually show a decrease in the amount of riders and the weather is constantly changing. The fact still remains that many of these fatalities can be prevented with the use of a helmet, regardless of how many riders are on the road. By riding safe and using a helmet, motorcyclists have in their control the  best ways to reduce these statistics. Thanks to Jonathan Rosenfeld of   www.rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com

Castelli Commentary

My friend Jonathan is a champion for safety as he sees it. I respect his opinion. However, in Ohio wearing a helmet after one year of licensed riding is not mandatory. Many groups have fought for this "right to choose."
The non-riding public is very prejudiced against against motorcyclists that do not wear helmets. There is even fostered a myth of no helmet no recovery. Here is a motorcycle video playlist I did regarding this and other issues.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Batavia Motorcyclists Crashed by Car Failing to Yield

There has been reports of a crash of 4 motorcyclists caused by a car's failure to yield the right of way. It appears the injuries are serious. Fox 19 has preliminary reported that four motorcycle riders were sent to the hospital after a crash in Union Township involving multiple motorcycles and a SUV.

 The news report stated that a group of bikers were headed westbound on State Route 32 in Union Township. An SUV was coming from Olive Branch Stonelick Pike.The SUV did not merge as it entered State Route 74. Apparently the SUV failed to yield to the motorcycle riders and was cited for failure to yield It was reported that the SUV struck several motorcycles causing multiple injuries.

4 of the motorcycle riders were taken to the hospital.Two were taken to University hospital and 2 were taken to Mercy hospital anderson.

 Source Fox 19


Failure to yield is one of the more common causes of motorcycle car accident crashes. The common defense we often see to negate the failure to yield charge is the all to common allegation that the motorcyclist was speeding. So it is important that all independent witnesses are interviewed as soon as possible to corroborate the fact that the motorcyclists were traveling lawfully.

 Insurance Issues

When there are multiple serious injuries I always wonder if there will be adequate insurance to pay for the loss. Often car drivers have small limits. Therefore it is critical that motorcyclists by underinsured coverage in at least $300,000. to protect themselves. Here is a short video that explains uninsured motorist coverage and the importance of it. It is surprisingly inexpensive.

About Anthony Castelli

A biker lawyer that rides a Harley Dyna lawrider has been a personal injury lawyer for over thirty years throughout Ohio. For more information call 621-2345 or go to his web site page about motorcycle accident. law

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Dead In Five Hearbeats Movie by Sonny Barger and Jeff Santo Interviews by Jimmy Kay

Last December I interviewed Jeff Santo about the independant film he did with Sonny Barger who wrote Dead in Five Hearbeats. Jeff called into my radio show Cincinnati biker Life.

Just recently Jimmy Kay, who owns and operates www.twowheelthundertv.com in conjunction with his wife Pat Kay drove through two time zones to interview Jeff Santo Sonny Barger and the actor Jeff Black( a real biker ) who played the lead .

Here is the interviews you can find at two wheel thunder tv. or on Jimmy Kay's facebook page. I suggest you go to the web page because there are a ton of great interviews with celeberties from Pete Rose , the Fonz, Larry Hagman and members of the cast of Sons of Anarchy, just to name a few.  It's not a coincidence that Jimmy's picture is the headshot for the Cincinnati biker life radio show. I was priviledged to turn the table on Jimmy and interview him from Woodstock to the current motorcycle scene . Too bad there was no recording .

The first video is the unterview with Jeff Santo , then the lead Jeff Black and then Sonny Barger .

Jeff Black Lead in Dead in Five Hearbeats