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Ohio man killed in interstate motorcycle accident

Ohio is home to thousands of avid motorcycle drivers and hosts countless more visitors who want to experience the state’s many cities and sights from behind handlebars. The hazards for bikers are several, however, and this is shown by the Buckeye State habitually having one of the country’s highest motorcycle fatality rates.

Multi-lane highways, such as interstates and high-traffic state roads, pose the dangers of higher speeds and lane changes. These are both factors that contribute to higher risks for motorcycle riders. The lack of personal protection on bikes makes even minor collisions a serious risk for injury or death.

A 32-year-old Columbus man lost his life on a motorcycle while riding on Interstate 270 recently. He was on a morning ride when traffic stopped in front of him abruptly. He hit the back of a pickup truck and was thrown from his motorcycle to be hit by a sport utility vehicle nearby on the road.

There was no indication to the Ohio State Police that alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash. However, the drivers of the truck and sport utility vehicle did not stay at the scene. If identified, the drivers could be charged with vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident, among other potential crimes.

Victims of motorcycle accidents and the loved ones of those killed in collisions may be eligible for reimbursement for medical expenses, compensation for lost wages and other related costs. Legal representation is often advisable for victims searching for options to make themselves whole.

Source: WSYX and WTTE, “Victim in fatal 270 crash identified; investigators looking for two vehicles,” Chris White and Chad Conant, Sep. 27, 2017


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