Many people avoid riding motorcycles due to their high crash rate, and the high fatality rate that follows accidents involving motorbikes. Others however, assume the risk in order to enjoy this adventurous lifestyle. Unfortunately, many Franklin County families are struggling with this notion after a motorcycle accident last month killed one woman and left a man in critical condition in hospital.
The accident occurred on October 7 when the 48-year-old motorcycle driver and his 35-year-old passenger were heading north on Trenton-Franklin Road near the intersection with Ohio 122. Reports say the motorcyclist lost control of his 2010 Harley Davidson and went left of the center line. He struck a guardrail in the southbound lane, and both he and his passenger suffered severe injuries.
Neither the driver nor the passenger was wearing helmets at the time of the accident. Both riders were taken to Miami Valley Hospital where the man remains in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit. The woman unfortunately succumbed to her injuries in hospital and died two days after the accident, leaving behind two sons. The cause of death cited for the woman was "blunt force trauma to the head". No charges have been filed in the accident. However, the incident remains under investigation by the Butler County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team.
While this looks like a case of injuries caused by loss of control of a vehicle combined with neither party wearing helmets, this case can still lead to personal injury claims as a result of the death of a woman. While no amount of money can replace the mother to the two boys left behind, this family will likely have concerns regarding holding someone accountable for this tragic loss. Franklin County families that sustain injuries or lose loved ones as a result of a motor vehicle accident are often entitled to compensation under personal injury laws, and would greatly benefit from consultation with a personal injury lawyer following such a tragedy.
Source: The Hamilton Journal News, "Motorcycle driver remains in critical condition," Hannah Poturalski, Oct. 20, 2011