On Sept. 25, a 19-year-old college football player died in an Avondale motorcycle accident. Another driver involved in the incident suffered serious injuries, according to authorities.
Police said that the crash happened at about 1:30 p.m., when a 47-year-old woman driving a Honda Element on Vine Street attempted to turn toward a parking lot and collided with the 19-year-old man, a running back for the University of Cincinnati who was riding a motorcycle. Emergency personnel took the Honda driver to a hospital, where she was reportedly in stable condition, and the motorcyclist to UC Medical Center, where officials reportedly declared the 19-year-old freshman dead.
Following the incident, a portion of Vine Street was shut down while officials commenced an investigation into the accident. Purportedly, the motorcyclist had on a helmet and standard safety gear when the crash occurred. It was not immediately clear whether law enforcement officials planned to issue any citations or file any charges in relation to the incident.
As this case demonstrates, motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable during traffic accidents, even when they duly wear protective gear, such as motorcycle helmets. Consequently, many motorcyclists suffer catastrophic if not fatal injuries. Thorough investigations typically follow such accidents, by which investigators seek to identify the cause of the accident and who, if anyone, was at fault. In the event that investigations yield substantial evidence indicating that the accident was caused by negligent or reckless driving, the at-fault driver might be held responsible for the event not just criminally but also in civil court.
For, certain family members of victims in fatal motorcycle accidents may pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver. If they were to prevail, bereaved family members may recover the pecuniary losses they suffered as a result of the deadly incident.
Source: FOX 19, "UC football player killed in motorcycle accident", September 25, 2014