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Ohio accident leaves motorcyclist dead

Authorities reported that a Dec. 27 accident involving a car and a motorcycle on East Tallmadge Avenue in Akron resulted in a single fatality. The 31-year-old Akron man operating the motorcycle in the 2 p.m. incident was pronounced dead at the accident scene, officials said.

The driver of the car involved in the East Tallmadge Avenue wreck did not report suffering injuries in the event. According to law enforcement officials, the accident occurred when a 1996 Crown Victoria turned left on the avenue and directly into the path of a 2009 Honda CRB motorcycle operated The motorcyclist attempted to avoid the accident, but the motorcycle skidded onto its side before slamming into the side of the Crown Victoria. Authorities indicated that the probe into the wreck is still a work in progress and that no criminal charges were filed following the accident.

When the conduct of motorcyclists proves with increasing evidence to be blameless in the course of an accident that had resulted in the death of those motorcyclists, there is a possibility that the conduct of another driver was responsible for triggering the fatal event. In that case, legal action may still require the at-fault party to take account of his or her actions before a court, even if the state decided against pursuing criminal charges for numerous reasons.

A wrongful death claim, filed in civil court against the parties who contributed to the victim's demise, seeking compensation for damages inherited by the sudden loss of their loved one, may effectively hold dangerous and careless drivers accountable for crashes they cause. If successful, the financial restitution is awarded to certain close family members of the decedent, who alone qualify to file such a wrongful death suit in the first place.

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

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