As every driver in Ohio or elsewhere should know, certain rules apply to the movement of vehicles on roadways. When everyone obeys those rules, the flow of traffic gets everyone to their destinations safely. However, when a driver deviates from the rules either mistakenly or intentionally, it leads to car accidents. Each year, numerous people suffer injuries, and perhaps die, due to a driver’s failure to yield the right of way, which is an important part of keeping everyone safe.
Turning vehicles often need to yield the right of way to other vehicles. When this does not happen, the results can be catastrophic. For example, an 18-wheeler was attempting to make a turn onto U.S. 35 here in Ohio from a secondary roadway. As the mammoth vehicle began its turn, a passenger vehicle already on the highway could not avoid crashing into the back of it.
The crash occurred at around 6:30 a.m. on a Thursday morning as the passenger vehicle headed west on the highway. The 34-year-old driver’s car struck the left rear of the big rig. Sadly, he did not survive the crash. At last report, the driver of the semi had yet to be charged in connection with the accident, but police indicate that the 26-year-old man did not property yield before beginning his turn.
Because of the big rig driver’s oversight, a family now grieves for the loss of one of its members. They probably also incurred numerous financial losses due to his death. As may be the case in other fatal car accidents, surviving family members could file a wrongful death claim against the truck driver and possibly others in the pursuit of restitution for those losses regardless of the outcome of the official investigation.