When individuals do not follow the posted speed limits that are designated to certain areas, they could be putting themselves and their passengers at risk of being involved in an accident. Car accidents that take place at high rates of speed could lead to more substantial damage than if the vehicle had been traveling at a lower speed. When more damage occurs, it is possible that occupants of the vehicle could become seriously injured.
It was recently reported that an accident in Ohio resulted in the death of one individual and the injury of another. Reports indicated that the driver of a vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when the vehicle left the roadway. The vehicle struck a tree after leaving the road. The single-car accident took place after 2 a.m.
The driver of the vehicle suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. A passenger in the vehicle was transported from the scene by ambulance and then later transferred to another facility by helicopter. He was considered to be in fair condition at the time of the report. Authorities were continuing to investigate the incident, but they were considering speed a factor.
Though the driver of the vehicle died, the seriously injured passenger may still be able to pursue compensation. As with many car accidents in which the drivers suffer fatal injuries, negatively affected parties may be able to file personal injury claims against the estate of the driver considered responsible. If this is a step the passenger may wish to take, information on filing such claims in Ohio may provide insight.
Source: medinagazette.northcoastnow.com, “One killed, one injured in early morning Brunswick Hills Twp. car crash“, Sept. 9, 2015