Often, automobile crashes are the results of factors like poor road conditions or a seemingly unavoidable series of events. Other times, though, car accidents are caused by nothing more than a few seconds of carelessness on the part of a driver. Sadly, as in a recent fatal accident in Ohio, these incidents of momentary negligence sometimes come with very high consequences.
A 57-year-old woman was killed in a collision that occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on June 14. The woman was driving a car northbound on Route 109 when the driver of an eastbound minivan failed to yield at a stop sign. According to official reports, the ensuing collision sent both vehicles off the side of the intersection. The car hit a fire hydrant, rolled over and came to a rest on its side.
Both drivers were taken to Fulton County Health Center for treatment. The d4iver of the car passed away about an hour after the crash. The other driver, a 31-year-old woman, was treated for injuries that officials say were not life-threatening. According to reports by Ohio State troopers, impairment is not considered a factor in the crash, and no charges have yet been filed.
Regardless of whether criminal charges are forthcoming against the minivan driver, however, the family of the deceased woman may choose to discuss the collision with a personal injury attorney. With the driver’s failure to yield the apparent cause of the accident that led to the other driver’s death, the grieving family of the deceased may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit, which, if successfully litigated, could lead to the award of monetary damages to help with things like medical and funeral expenses and the family’s pain and suffering. In fact, any Ohio residents who have lost loved ones in car accidents caused by another’s negligence may benefit from seeking legal counsel.
Source: toledoblade.com, “Delta woman dead after York Township collision“, June 14, 2017