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Testing for impairment is part of most vehicle accidents

While investigating crashes, law enforcement agencies here in Ohio and elsewhere always look into the usual causes -- speeding, impairment and distraction are among the most common. The investigation into most vehicle accidents often cannot be concluded until tests for impairment are completed since it could affect whether criminal charges result from a particular accident. During this time, other potential factors are also taken into consideration in order to gain as clear a picture as possible of what happened.

The question of impairment may be holding up the investigation of a crash that took place on a recent Saturday. Preliminary reports indicate that a northbound pickup truck crossed over into the oncoming lane of travel and struck another vehicle head-on. The 40-year-old man driving the pickup truck escaped with only minor injuries, but the two occupants of the other vehicle were not as lucky.

The driver of the southbound vehicle, a 34-year-old woman, and her 6-year-old son suffered significant injuries. At last report, the mother remained hospitalized in stable condition while her son remained in critical condition. Police say neither of them was properly restrained at the time of the accident. The crash remained under investigation at last report as investigators attempt to determine whether impairment played a role in it.

Regardless of whether impairment factored into this crash, the mother could file personal injuries claims on behalf of herself and her son. In some cases involving vehicle accidents, both parties could bear some liability for the crash. Before filing any claims, it would be necessary to take this possibility into account since it could affect the outcome, including any amount of damages an Ohio court would award.

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