Most Ohio parents do whatever they can to keep their children safe. When out and about, they make sure their children are properly restrained, which could mean a baby seat, a booster seat or a seat belt depending on age. Parents may drive more cautiously when their children are in the vehicle as well. Sadly, parents cannot control the actions of other drivers, and their children could end up suffering severe injuries in car accidents.
Recently, a 2-year-old child was in a vehicle with two adults. The driver, a 53-year-old woman, veered into the oncoming lane of travel, directly into the path of another vehicle. When troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrived at the scene on State Route 60, they found the wrong-way driver deceased. The toddler’s injuries were reported as critical while the other adult in the vehicle suffered injuries described as serious.
Emergency medical personnel transported the occupants of the other vehicle to a hospital in the area while police conducted the investigation at the scene. They do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash but have yet to determine what caused the driver to veer out of her lane. That information may not be available for some time.
However, the victims and the family of the child do not have to wait for that information in order to initiate personal injury claims in an Ohio civil court against the estate of the deceased driver. Information gathered through both the official investigation and/or a private one could provide additional details to present to the court. If successful, the court may enter a monetary judgment that could help with the financial impact caused by serious car accidents such as this one.