Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
Drivers should always keep their minds on the road in order to prevent car accidents with other motorists. Besides commercial trucks and passenger cars, motorcyclists should be noticed by drivers on Ohio highways.
In Summit, Ohio, drivers and motorcyclists generally obey the same rules and regulations on the road. However, drivers have more responsibility than motorcyclists because riders have less protection than car occupants. Unfortunately, an Ohio driver learned that difference the hard way and now faces criminal charges stemming from a car accident.
Reportedly, an Ohio man caused a fatal car accident that claimed the life of a 62-year-old motorcyclist. The accident happened when the driver’s vehicle allegedly crashed into the motorcycle. The rider was transported to a local medical center, where he later died. Blunt force trauma from injuries resulting from the crash was listed as the cause of motorcyclist’s death. The Ohio man was charged with second-degree misdemeanor of vehicular manslaughter in connection with the fatal car accident. He pleaded not guilty and was released after posting several hundred dollars in bond money. The driver allegedly caused the car crash while committing another traffic violation.
Criminal charges filed against a driver in connection with a car accident can sometimes arise from negligence. If a traffic violation proved to be a factor in an accident, negligence can also be proven in civil court. If that is the case, it is possible that the suspected negligent driver can held liable and ordered to pay compensation. Compensation can cover medical expenses, rehabilitation, funeral costs and loss of income.
Source: Cleveland.com, “Driver charged in fatal Norton crash,” Adam Ferrise, July 29, 2014