Though many Ohio residents may feel like winter is already here, autumn is the season most motorcyclists have been waiting for. Riding down the roads with the wind blowing through their hair and the beautiful foliage as scenery, motorcyclists are a common sight for most motorists these days. Unfortunately, those motorists who fail to see them can cause devastating accidents that can end all frolicking for both the accident victim and his or her family members.
An accident involving a motorist and a motorcyclist is especially tragic because the motorcyclist is less protected compared to the motorist. The only thing protecting a motorcycle driver from the road is his or her helmet and leather pads, whereas a motor vehicle driver has a whole car equipped with air bags to protect them in case of a collision. This is why a motorcycle driver is more likely to die in a crash with a motorist than the motorist.
According to officials, a three-vehicle crash on the interstate resulted in the death of one person. A 51-year-old man was on his Harley Davidson when his motorcycle was hit at the back by a vehicle being driven by a 35-year-old man. The motorcyclist died at the scene of the accident that remains under investigation. It is not clear yet if criminal charges will be filed.
Criminal charges proceed separately from a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a negligent party that has caused a motor vehicle accident. Though it is not possible to quantify the loss a family endures when their loved one dies, there are certain costs that crop up as a result, such as funeral expenses and wages lost. A civil lawsuit could be one way to not only hold a negligent party accountable for their behavior but to also get financial compensation to cover one’s burgeoning expenses.