A tragic accident occurred earlier this month on Interstate 71 between Wilmington and Columbus. According to the initial reports, a 23-year-old man was riding a motorcycle on the interstate heading northbound toward Columbus. Witnesses stated that he "clipped" the back of a tractor-trailer and went flying from the motorcycle. Apparently the driver of the tractor-trailer did not even feel the impact of the motorcycle and did not stop after the accident.
Accidents like this don't happen often, but when they do, the results are often tragic. The police had reportedly received several calls about a motorcyclist driving erratically at a high rate of speed prior to the accident. There were even reports that he was riding on the berm of the highway.
Any type of accident involving a motorcycle often ends tragically. Because motorcyclists do not have the same protections as drivers of other motor vehicles, their injuries are usually much more severe. The rider in this most recent accident was wearing a helmet at the time, but he died shortly after the crash.
The authorities are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. It is possible that even though the motorcyclist appeared to have been disregarding some of the rules of the road that the driver of the semi-tractor trailer could have performed some negligent maneuver that led to the collision.
An accident like this shows how important it is for drivers of any kind of motor vehicle to remain attentive, cautious and to obey traffic laws. Columbus residents who are injured because of a truck driver's negligent behavior have legal options they can pursue. They may be awarded compensation to pay medical bills and to make up for lost wages.
Source: Fayette Advocate, "Fatal Accident On County Line," July 18, 2012
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