Driver could face personal injury claims after terrifying wreck

A single-vehicle wreck ended in tragedy for four people in Ohio. At least one passenger was killed in the car accident, while three others suffered injuries. A fourth person escaped unscathed, and police are currently still investigating what might have led up to the accident. No charges have been filed as of yet, but the lack of criminal allegations does not mean that victims will be unable to pursue personal injury claims if necessary.

A 19-year-old driver lost control of her vehicle on northbound I-75. After her car left the roadway, it then returned and collided with a concrete median. The impact caused the vehicle to flip and land on its roof. Traffic on both sides of the highway was closed down after the wreck, although it was later reopened at about 8 a.m.

A 22-year-old woman was at least partially ejected during the wreck, and while it is not clear if she died on impact, she was ultimately pronounced dead while still at the site of the accident. Two other passengers suffered nondescript injuries, and the 19-year-old driver was also hurt, although not seriously. Still, some injuries can take time to manifest, and the full impact of being involved in the wreck might not be evident until later.

Much of the focus after a car accident zeros in on Ohio victims' physical injuries. While these types of injuries have a clear and profound financial and physical impact on victims' lives, emotional injuries are often overlooked. Victims who might not have been seriously injured physically might still deserve compensation for the emotional trauma suffered in an accident, which can typically be recovered through personal injury suits. Such suits, successfully navigated, can provide just compensation for the victim as well as hold a negligent driver responsible for his or her actions.

Source: toledoblade.com, "Cincinnati woman killed in I-75 crash", June 11, 2016

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