When a driver loses control of a vehicle, other drivers may not be able to avoid becoming involved in a crash. In many cases, these incidents can prove to be a fatal accident, and families may suddenly lose a loved one. If an individual is killed in a car accident, surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim in order to seek monetary relief.
One family in Ohio may be looking into their legal options after a recent accident. It was reported that a 25-year-old man was driving a vehicle when he lost control and struck part of a bridge two times. After the initial crash, the vehicle was then struck by a box truck. There were at least three individuals in the first vehicle at the time of the incident.
A 21-year-old passenger in the first vehicle suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of that vehicle and another passenger were both transported from the scene with injuries. The driver was considered to be stable at the time of the report, but the other passenger was in critical condition. The driver of the box truck did not suffer any injuries.
Because this incident was a fatal accident that also caused other serious injuries, civil claims could result. The family of the deceased victim may wish to file a wrongful death claim against the driver considered responsible in order to seek compensation for their loss and other damages. Similarly, the seriously injured party may have cause to file a personal injury claim for damages permitted under Ohio law.
Source: local12.com, “Fatal accident on I-275 kills 1, injures 2“, Katherine Barrier, Dec. 6, 2015