Clermont County was host to a slew of accidents on the last weekend of September. On September 27th, Saturday night, Ohio State Highway Patrol announced that a motorcyclist died in a Clermont County crash. The accident happened on Interstate 275 near Wards Corner Road. At approximately 6:45 p.m., a 51-year-old Richard Wheeler from Cincinnati veered off the interstate and left the roadway. Upon leaving the roadway he was separated from the 2003 Harley-Davidson he was riding.
After separating from the motorcycle, Wheeler struck a traffic signpost. First Responders were on the scene quickly and took Wheeler to the Bethesda North Hospital. Officials at Bethesda North Hospital later announced that Wheeler had passed away. Ohio State Troopers acknowledge that Wheeler was not wearing a helmet or any protective gear.
Ohio State Highway Patrol is leading the investigation on this accident, and as a single-vehicle accident, there are a lot of questions. It is unknown why an experienced rider such as Wheeler would leave the roadway unexpectedly. It was evident that he intended to exit the road near Wards Corner and had intended to leave the interstate. However, why leaving the roadway happened so early and caused such damage is uncertain.
The Ohio State motorcycle helmet law is a little murky. If Richard Wheeler did not have a novice license, then he may not have been required to wear a helmet necessarily. However, the helmet law does outline that all operators and passengers should wear protective devices, including safety glasses at all times. Sometimes it's uncertainty in laws like these that can lead people to choose not to wear protective equipment. Although helmets do save lives, there is always doubt when it comes to saying that could have changed the outcome of any particular crash, including this one.
If you’re involved in a wreck, contact our Cincinnati motorcycle accident attorneys right away.