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Illegal pass has tragic results on Route 83

Most motorists in Ohio know that a double yellow line on a highway means "No Passing" and that a violation of the rule can often result in death or serious injury. The disregard of the double yellow line recently led to a vehicle-motorcycle-truck accident that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist.

According to reports, a Ford F-150 pulling a trailer was heading south on Route 83 near Tiffin when a Chevrolet Trailblazer tried to pass. The point at which the driver of the Trailblazer decided to pass the truck was marked by a double yellow line. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Trailblazer chose to ignore the double line, and he crashed head-on into a motorcycle that was headed in the opposite direction.

The Trailblazer then struck the trailer being towed by the F-150, drove into the ditch and overturned. The motorcyclist was killed instantly. The driver of the Trailblazer was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that were believed to be non-life threatening.

The driver of the F-150 and his passenger were wearing seatbelts and were not injured. Police said that criminal charges and traffic citations were pending against the driver of the Trailblazer, but none have been filed.

Police are still completing their investigation of the accident, but evidence gathered to date seems to indicate that the driver of the Trailblazer is primarily at fault due to his decision to cross the double yellow line.

People who have been injured in an accident caused by another driver's negligence may recover compensation for their damages by holding the negligent driver liable through a personal injury lawsuit. In the case of a fatal accident, the victim's family members may hold a negligent driver liable through a type of personal injury case known as a wrongful death claim.

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