Impatience and distraction lead to numerous vehicle accidents

Stop signs provide more autonomy for drivers when it comes to deciding when to enter an intersection. Moving through Ohio's intersections that are not regulated by traffic lights puts more responsibility on drivers to pay attention and be patient. This often leaves little room for error and leads to vehicle accidents when a driver becomes impatient or fails to pay adequate attention to the flow of traffic.

For example, the Ohio State Highway Patrol recently responded to a crash involving an SUV and a log truck. Preliminary reports indicate that the SUV stopped at a stop sign. As the log truck approached the intersection, the SUV pulled out into its path. Even though the log truck attempted to stop -- as indicated by skid marks -- it could not avoid colliding with the passenger side of the SUV.

The passenger in the front seat, a 28-year-old woman, suffered fatal injuries in the impact. The driver, an unidentified man, was taken to a Cleveland hospital by air due to suffering life-threatening injuries. Perhaps not surprisingly, the driver of the log truck escaped injuries. Troopers continue to investigate the crash, so it is not yet clear what factors led to it.

Those factors could prove crucial to any wrongful death claim filed by the surviving family members of the victim. They may help establish that negligence led to her death, which is an important element in civil claims. If the court rules that another party's actions resulted in the victim's death, it may consider an award of damages seen in other cases arising out of vehicle accidents.

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