A serious crash recently occurred in Fulton Township, and two individuals suffered serious injuries. A 41-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle, causing a head-on collision with a second vehicle driven by a 76-year-old woman. Ohio law enforcement officers suspect that alcohol played a part in the crash.
Around 9:40 p.m. on a Tuesday, the first vehicle was traveling north on a state highway near an intersection when it began approaching a second vehicle that was traveling south on the same roadway. The driver of the first vehicle lost control of her car. She left her own lane and crossed the center of the road into the opposite lane of traffic. The first vehicle collided head-on with the second.
The driver of the first vehicle had to be transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The driver of the second vehicle also suffered serious injuries, and her 60-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries. Officers investigating the accident initially suspect that the driver of the first car grew drowsy as she was traveling, which caused her to lose control of the vehicle. Furthermore, they suspect that the woman was drowsy due to alcohol consumption, though her blood-alcohol content was not reported.
If the driver of the first vehicle is found to be at fault for the head-on collision after the Ohio authorities wrap up their investigation, then the driver of the second vehicle may be able to pursue personal injury litigation. Since the second driver suffered serious injuries, she will likely incur medical bills for her hospital stay as well as any rehabilitation or follow up treatments. She will able to claim medical bills as damages in her suit, and — if successful in establishing negligence — she could be awarded monetary compensation for those damages.
Source: nbc24.com, “Troopers say alcohol a factor in Fulton County serious injury crash“, Amulya Raghuveer, April 1, 2015