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Fatal buggy crash could present grounds for personal injury suit

A fatal accident claimed a life on March 3 in Ohio. One woman was killed and three other individuals were injured after a crash involving a car and an Amish buggy. While alcohol is not currently considered to be a factor in the crash, the injured victims and family of the deceased victim may still have grounds for a personal injury and/or wrongful death suit, respectively, depending upon what facts may be uncovered during the ongoing investigation into the accident.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers reported that the buggy and the vehicle were both traveling north at around 3:30 p.m. that Friday afternoon. While full details are as yet unknown, it appears that the driver of the vehicle failed to maintain a safe distance from the buggy. The driver struck the buggy from behind, and the two people within were ejected.

One of the occupants, a 21-year-old woman, was declared dead at the crash site by the attending coroner's office. The other occupant, a 48-year-old woman, was flown to Akron City Hospital. No details have thus far been released in regard to her condition. The driver and passenger of the motor vehicle were taken to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries, which were not considered life-threatening.

The fact that the driver of the vehicle apparently did not maintain a clear distance from the buggy may result in a personal injury lawsuit by the woman who was injured, if she decides to pursue this course of action. The family of the woman who was killed would also be within their legal rights to consult an attorney and explore grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. In fact, anyone in Ohio who has suffered injury due to the negligence of another may benefit from the legal counsel of a lawyer with experience in similar cases.

Source: wkyc.com, "One dead, 3 injured after Ashland County crash involving Amish buggy, car", March 3, 2017

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