A Sunday afternoon two-vehicle crash resulted in the death of an Ohio man on Monday. The crash happened on the Ohio Turnpike when 56-year-old Douglas Beverly struck 53-year-old Jerry Shackelford’s motorcycle.
After being struck by Beverly’s vehicle, Shackelford was ejected from his motorcycle. Following the crash, he was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center via medical helicopter. The motorcyclist then passed away on Monday due to injuries from the crash.
The driver of the vehicle that struck Shackelford, Douglas Beverly, is cooperating with police as they look into the accident and attempt to find what caused the incident. No charges have been filed at this time.
Our office’s thoughts are with the Shackelford family during this difficult time. We have represented several motorcycle accident victims and their families, and we know how confusing and stressful this situation is for them.
Also, as this is one of many motorcycle accidents that occurred just over the past weekend, we cannot stress how important motorcycle safety is, not just for the cyclists themselves, but also operators of other vehicles on the roadway.
Motorcyclists should always wear protective gear in the event of an accident. While helmets are not required in the state of Ohio, we highly recommend the use of them to help motorcyclists significantly reduce their chances of being severely injured in a crash.
It is also very important for other vehicle operators to be aware of motorcyclists on the roadway. Due to their small size, motorcycles can be difficult to see in blind spots, or when passing and changing lanes. We ask drivers to use caution on the roadways and to always thoroughly check before switching lanes.
If you or your loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident and have suffered injury as a result, call our Ohio motorcycle accident attorneys at 800.637.8170. Our legal team can answer any questions over the phone and give free case evaluations, allowing you to begin working toward your deserved compensation.