A multi-vehicle accident left a little girl critically injured on Jan. 22. An Ohio man is facing drunken driving charges after allegedly causing the crash that left the 6-year-old in critical condition, injured three others and resulted in a diesel fuel spill. In addition to the criminal charges, the driver believed to have been at fault may be facing several personal injury claims as well if those injured in the crash decide to pursue legal action.
The accident occurred at approximately 1:30 that Sunday afternoon. Per reports, the 24-year-old was operating a Ford F-150 while intoxicated. He ran into a Ford Explorer and a flatbed tow truck from behind while they were stopped at a red light. The impact from the collision forced the Explorer into a Dodge Durango and a Chevrolet Malibu, and pushed the tow truck into a Nissan Rogue. The F-150 itself traveled through the intersection and crashed into a chain link fence on the other side.
The extent of the injuries suffered by the girl and her mother has not been disclosed. They were treated at MetroHealth, and the girl remains in critical condition while the condition of the mother was unknown as of police reports the following day. University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center also treated two other women who were injured in the crash, one for a fractured leg and the other for minor injuries.
When the driver of the F-150 failed field sobriety tests at the scene of the crash, he was taken into custody. Police speculate that the speed at which his vehicle was traveling factored into the accident as well. The other injured individuals have every right to contact an Ohio attorney to explore their options for filing a personal injury lawsuit against the man. A lawyer with experience in similar cases involving automobile accidents can offer counsel and representation to anyone who has been injured due to negligence of another.
Source: cleveland.com, "Elyria man charged with drunken driving in six-car crash that critically injured 6-year-old girl", Evan Macdonald, Jan. 23, 2017