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Preventing car accidents: Stop signs are not optional

One of the first things that Ohio drivers learn before getting their licenses is that stop signs are not optional. This traffic sign helps keep the flow of traffic moving and prevents vehicles from colliding. When a driver fails to obey this particular traffic law, it can lead to serious or deadly car accidents.

For instance, a 45-year-old woman headed south failed to obey a stop sign as her vehicle approached State Route 309. The woman's vehicle slammed into an eastbound vehicle already in the intersection. The impact violently shoved both vehicles off the roadway into a field on the intersection's southeast corner.

The unsuspecting driver, a 73-year-old man, died at the scene as a result of the injuries he suffered in the collision. His wife, who was the only passenger in the eastbound vehicle, suffered serious injuries for which she was transported to an area hospital. The driver of the southbound vehicle suffered serious injuries as well, and emergency responders took her to the same hospital. The current conditions of both women are unknown.

As would be the case for others in Ohio who sustained monetary losses under similar circumstances, the surviving passenger may exercise her rights to file a personal injury claim on behalf of herself, along with a wrongful death claim seeking restitution for the financial losses associated with her husband's death. Even though the accident remained under investigation at last report, she may proceed as soon as she is ready. If the evidence presented to the court proves negligence on the part of the southbound driver, she could receive an award for damages typically seen in other car accidents.

Source:, "Man dead after Sunday morning crash in Marion County", March 4, 2018

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