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When a car and a motorcycle collide, it is not unusual for the motorcyclist to suffer extensive injuries or even death. The difference in the size of the vehicles, combined with the lack of protection offered by a motorcycle, is usually a deciding factor in the accident’s outcome. An Ohio man who recently lost his life in a fatal accident while riding a motorcycle provides a sad illustration of that fact.

The victim was a 57-year-old man. He was riding his motorcycle on an Ohio roadway when the accident occurred. His motorcycle collided with a car at an intersection when the car’s driver allegedly failed to stop, despite the presence of a sign directing her to do so.

The man suffered multiple, serious injuries. He was taken by air ambulance to an Ohio hospital. Officials there pronounced him dead a brief time after his arrival.

The woman thought responsible for the accident also suffered injuries, but hers were not thought to be life threatening. She was also taken to an area hospital for treatment. An update on her condition was not available at the time of this report.

Police are still investigating the fatal accident. Regardless of why it happened, the family of the man who died are probably reeling from what was assuredly an unexpected loss. They retain the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A successfully litigated claim, which must be based upon proof of negligence by another party, cannot replace their loved one, but it could provide the compensation they need to allow them to move on from their loss.

Source: Star Beacon, “Madison man dies in motorcycle crash”, , April 21, 2014