Young drivers may be at a disadvantage if something out of the ordinary happens while they are operating a motor vehicle. Their reaction times can be a little slower and they do not have a well of experience from which to draw like a more experienced driver would. At times, that may not have any effect on an event’s outcome. Other times, like in a recent fatal car accident in Ohio, the results can be deadly.
A 61-year-old Ohio woman died after her car was struck by another vehicle. The driver of the other car, a 19-year-old young woman, reportedly drove off the right-hand shoulder of the road. She allegedly overcorrected and veered into the oncoming lane of traffic. As she did so, the young woman’s car struck the decedent’s vehicle.
That car ran off the road and into a ditch. It rolled over multiple times, which flung the woman from her car and onto the ground. The woman suffered serious injuries in the accident. She was pronounced dead while still at the accident’s location. The young woman thought responsible for causing the fatal accident also suffered injuries, but they were not thought to be serious, according to reports.
It is impossible to know if more driving experience on the part of the young woman could have prevented this fatal car accident from happening. What is possible, however, is a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family members the woman who died. A successfully litigated claim obviously cannot change the outcome of an accident that has already taken place, but it could provide the means to carry on in its aftermath.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch, “Granville woman dies in collision“, Lori Kurtzman, May3, 2014