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Motorcyclist killed in Ohio crash

An accident that occurred on Dec. 27 in Akron left one man dead. According to police officers, the accident was caused by a vehicle that turned in front of the motorcyclist's path.

Reports indicate that a 19-year-old man in a Crown Victoria car attempted to make a left-hand turn off East Tallmadge Avenue. An oncoming motorcyclist tried to take evasive maneuvers by locking the bike's rear wheel, but the action caused the motorcycle to skid on its side. As a result, the 31-year-old man riding the motorcycle was ejected after hitting the car.

Although the man did have a helmet on, he died at the scene. At the time of reporting, Ohio police officers were investigating the wreck and looking for a cause of the incident. Police have not indicated if the driver of the Crown Victoria will be criminally charged for the crash.

Those attempting to turn left from a busy street must yield to oncoming traffic and wait to make sure it is safe to do so. However, in the event of a fatal motorcycle crash, family members could speak with an attorney to file a wrongful death claim.

Due to the small size of motorcycles, an impact with a larger vehicle may cause a rider to be ejected from the bike, and in that event, he or she could suffer critical injuries that could lead to death. If a family decides to file civil action against a liable party, they could recover damages for loss of future income, burial arrangement costs, loss of companionship and care, and medical expenses if the decedent was hospitalized before their death.

Source: cleveland.com, "Akron man who died in fatal motorcycle crash identified", Adam Ferrise, December 29, 2014

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