A man died following a motorcycle accident in Richland Township on U.S. 24. The crash occurred on Tuesday, April 13th. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the vehicle struck the male motorcyclist after his bike struck two deer on the road.
The crash report revealed that 42-year-old Chad L. Goff traveled westbound on the U.S. 24 east of Defiance. At about 11:40 p.m., he struck the animals. Troopers said the impact ejected the man from his motorcycle, and an oncoming sport utility vehicle (SUV) hit him.
A woman identified as 37-year-old Rebecca Davis of Napoleon drove the SUV. Goff sustained severe injuries and passed away at the crash site. The troopers said no one else suffered an injury.
The collision led to the closure of the westbound lanes, and it remained closed for about three hours while the troopers investigated. There is no additional information about the motorcycle accident in Richland at this time.
Motorcycle collisions are not uncommon, and when they happen, they end in severe or fatal injuries. A motorcycle crash can either be solo or with another vehicle, making it an auto-motorcycle collision.
When it is the latter, the investigating traffic agency would examine the facts of the crash to determine who is at fault. If the motorcyclist has the highest degree of negligence, then they would not be entitled to compensation. If the vehicle driver has the highest responsibility, then the victim can get compensated.
In that instance, the victim can bring a civil action for personal injury. If the victim dies, then their family can file a wrongful death action. In either case, they will get compensated for medical expenses and other losses.
If you are a victim of an auto-motorcycle collision, find out about your legal options from our Ohio motorcycle accident lawyers.