Those that operate a motor vehicle on Ohio roadways owe a duty of reasonable care to others in or near the roadway. Perhaps nowhere is that more important than on the highways that cross our state. Drivers are responsible for staying in their lane of travel. The State Patrol has indicated that failure to do that was the likely cause of a recent fatal motor vehicle accident in the northern part of the state.
Failure to yield is a legal term that applies to a variety of driving situations on Ohio roadways. The rules of the road require that motorists yield to others in certain circumstances. The goal, of course, is to prevent an automobile collision. For instance, in making a left turn on a roadway, drivers must yield to oncoming traffic. Similarly, those motorists entering a highway must yield to through traffic already on the roadway.
A 41-year-old man, already facing DUI charges in Ohio, has now been indicted for a separate alcohol-related motor vehicle accident. Police indicate the man was driving without a valid license on Christmas Day, 2012 when he collided head-on with a car on I-75 in North Toledo. The cause of the automobile accident was attributed to the accused man driving the wrong way on the Interstate while under the influence of alcohol. Tragically, the 26-year-old man that was driving the car that was hit lost his life.
Authorities initially reported three motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians in the Toledo area recently. They all occurred in a span of less than 24 hours. Two of the accidents resulted in serious injuries, while the last accident was fatal. The report of the fatal accident, however, was later amended to indicate that a motorcyclist was killed rather than a pedestrian.
Within a three day span, 15 teenagers were killed in three car crashes in three separate states. The first tragedy occurred in Ohio. A 19-year-old woman was driving a car that was subsequently reported to have been stolen. The vehicle she was driving crashed along a treacherous stretch of road known as "Dead Man's Curve" in Warren. In all, six teens were killed and two more were injured in the automobile accident
A recent tragic Ohio accident resulted in multiple deaths and injury to others involved. The single vehicle crash occurred in Trumbull County near the city of Warren, about an hour's drive from Cleveland. Details of the fatal motor vehicle accident were scarce initially. Law enforcement personnel were in the midst of investigating the tragedy and notifying the families of the deceased victims.
Yet another Ohio car accident has resulted in a fatality and injuries to two others. Preliminary evidence suggests that the driver who died also was responsible for causing the motor vehicle accident. While any death on our highways is a tragedy, there are still potential legal repercussions in those instances where the person who died caused the crash.
We often talk about the fact that a car crash can happen in one brief moment. If an Ohio driver's attention is diverted from the road, the potential for a motor vehicle accident involving serious injuries increases significantly. Changing the channel on the radio, answering a cell phone or looking for something on a car seat are things that many drivers have done at one time or another. For one woman from the Cleveland metropolitan area, looking in the rear view mirror while in the midst of changing lanes apparently caused a three car collision.
Sometimes, the person who is seriously injured or killed in an Ohio motor vehicle accident is also the person deemed responsible for the collision. While any loss of life or severe injury is a tragedy in itself, serious injuries sustained by other parties to such a collision often result in lengthy hospital stays, difficult recovery periods and escalating medical bills. When that happens, the injured party has every right to seek financial redress through the Ohio civil court system for monetary damages sustained at the hands of another's negligence.
Some say bad luck or accidents happen in threes. For one particular Ohio man, he is surely hoping that isn't true as he became embroiled in two car accidents on the same day. He started off his day injured in an accident and later became involved in another as he left the hospital after treatment for the first incident.