A motorcyclist lost his life when he was hit by a pickup truck in front of Scarff’s Nursey in New Carlisle, Ohio.
The fatal motorcycle accident occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11. The motorist, 19-year-old Nathan Burkholder, was operating a black Ford-150.
Burkholder was headed in the northern direction on State Route 235 when he made a left turn into Scarff’s Nursery. At that moment, Burkholder crashed into a motorcycle that was travelling south on the highway, according to the Ohio State Patrol. Burkholder reportedly paused just before turning into the nursery and then slammed into the motorcycle. Police later said that the motorcyclist “laid the bike down and hit the right back wheel and fender of the F-150.”
Police also said that the 36-year-old motorcyclist, Nicholas Martin, died at the scene of the collision. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the crash. At this time, law enforcement indicated, “impairment” does not appear to be a contributing factor in the case.
This fatal motorcycle accident offers an example of one of the most perilous situations for motorcyclists: when motorists make left-hand turns. Such collisions represent 42 percent of all accidents involving cars and motorcycles. In most instances, the car that is turning hits the motorcycle when the motorcyclist is:
- Proceeding directly through an intersection
- Passing the car
- Attempting to overtake the car
These kinds of accidents also frequently involve two cars. However, when the accident involves a motorcycle, the injuries are often catastrophic because the smaller size of the motorcycle makes it less visible to the driver of vehicle making the left turn. As a result, a vehicle that hits another vehicle while making a left turn will often be held liable for the accident.
To learn more about this fatal motorcycle accident, read the WDTN.com article, “36-Year-Old Dies in New Carlisle Motorcycle Accident.”
If you were injured, or lost a loved one, in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another individual, contact the personal injury attorneys at Proner and Proner. We can help you explore your legal options and pursue compensation for your injuries or loss.