Few details were available after a left-turning Chrysler crossed directly in front of an oncoming Suzuki. The rider, who was ejected off the bike, died at the scene.
Medics arrived at the scene of the crash, after both cars had come to rest, and pronounced the Suzuki driver dead at 11:46 p.m.
The Columbus Police Accident Investigation Unit initiated an investigation last night, police said, and will continue to investigate the cause of the accident.
Motorcycle Crash Injuries
Accidents that involve open motorcycles are about thirty times deadlier than vehicle-on-vehicle collisions. The rider is almost always the fatally injured party. Even if these victims survive, they usually sustain serious injuries, such as:
Head Injuries: Motorcycle helmets protect against trauma-related head injuries. But most head injuries are motion related. When riders fall off their bikes, their brains slam against the insides of their skulls. Initial head injury symptoms mimic accident shock. Therefore, many of these victims don’t get the treatment they need when they need it.
Internal Injuries: This same motion causes kidneys, livers, and other internal organs to smash against each other. This bumping and grinding usually causes mild abrasions. Internal organs don’t have protective skin layers. Therefore, a pinprick abrasion usually bleeds badly. In fact, by the time doctors treat them, many of these victims have lost almost a fifth of their blood supply.
Emotional Injuries: About half of motorcycle crash survivors must deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is a brain injury, much like the ones mentioned above. Extreme stress alters brain chemistry. This imbalance causes symptoms like hypervigilance, depression, anger, and flashbacks.
To prove negligence, or a lack of care, and obtain compensation, a Columbus personal injury lawyer usually relies on a combination of the police accident report, medical bills, and witness statements.
This evidence may not be enough to obtain maximum compensation. The police accident report is a good example.
Frequently, a single emergency responder, who is not an accident reconstruction engineer, composes the accident report almost as an afterthought. At the scene, responders are too busy securing the scene and tending to injured victims to worry about collecting evidence.
Additionally, if the victim dies, as is often the case in motorcycle crash cases, the police report only contains one side of the story.
To fill in these gaps, a Columbus personal injury lawyer often turns to electronic evidence, such as a vehicle’s event data recorder. This gadget, which resembles a commercial jet’s black box flight data recorder. An EDR captures and records information like vehicle speed and steering angle.
So, if a tortfeasor turns in front of a motorcycle and the police report doesn’t accurately reflect that fact, EDR information establishes this key element.
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