A recent accident in the Cincinnati area left a motorcyclist in his mid-20s dead. The initial indication from the police is that the accident was not the fault of the motorcyclist and that the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

According to authorities, the driver of a full-sized vehicle was heading west on a state highway and attempted to turn left on a side street. Apparently, the driver either did not see the motorcyclist approaching from the opposite directions or did not accurately estimate how quickly he was approaching.

Because the driver failed to yield to the oncoming motorcyclist, the two vehicles collided, leaving the motorcyclist with critical injuries. The motorcyclist later succumbed to these injuries. The driver of the other vehicle did not suffer significant physical injuries.

This sort of tragic accident is unfortunately too common both in Ohio and around the country. Multi-vehicle accidents involving motorcycles frequently happen when the driver of a car carelessly turns left in front of the bike. This can happen for a number of reasons.

Sometimes, drivers may simply have not trained themselves to be aware of motorcycles around them on the road. At other times, distracted driving may play a role in such accidents. In still other cases, a driver may think that he or she has more time to turn in front of a motorcycle than he or she actually has, as it can be hard to gauge how quickly a motorcycle is approaching.

In any event, though, drivers who are turning left have a legal obligation to yield to traffic oncoming from the opposite direction. If they fail to do so and cause a motor vehicle accident, they may be accountable to pay compensation to their victims. A personal injury action could help a victim recover the legal recourses he or she is entitled to.