On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in wrongful death on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.

The dangers of motor vehicle accidents seem to multiply when motorcycles are involved. Even responsible riding and driving can give way to grievous outcomes in motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle and car crashes may lead to serious injuries or even a wrongful death caused by the negligent actions of another.

Such was the case on Sunday afternoon, when a motorcycle crashed at the intersection of Christman and East Canton roads in Green and killed a 47-year-old woman who was a passenger on the two-wheeled vehicle. The investigation into the cause of the crash continues and the Summit County Medical Examiner’s office is handling the victim’s autopsy.

When a motor vehicle death occurs, the family of the victim has many considerations to undertake. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office has not yet determined if charges will be filed in this care. Regardless, the family of the victim may be able to seek civil compensation from whoever is determined to be responsible for the accident. It is important to remember that the civil and criminal processes are different and that one is not required for the other. Civil suits are based on negligent actions, a standard different than the one used in a criminal court.

Not only will the victim’s family face the monetary impact of the woman’s funeral and burial, but they may also face the impact of a loss of income and other related damages. The decision to enter into a wrongful death lawsuit is a highly personal decision that should be done with the assistance of experienced personnel. The outcome of the ongoing law enforcement investigation may influence those decisions and the course of any following legal case.

Source: Akron Beacon Journal, “Motorcycle passenger dies in accident in Green,” Nov. 12, 2012