A recent early morning in Ohio crash took the lives of two people and severely injured another. The accident happened near Lima and involved two vehicles. Now, the surviving family members of those killed are left to pick up the pieces, and another person’s life is likely forever altered by the event. Those adversely affected by this accident reserve the right to pursue civil claims against the driver believed responsible in an attempt at obtaining compensation.
Reports state the accident occurred on State Route 117 around 6:45 in the morning on Sunday, Nov. 28. Apparently, a young woman from Spencerville, 17 years old, was driving a Chevrolet Corsica when she crossed the center line and collided head-on with another vehicle travelling in the opposite direction. That vehicle was a Honda CRV driven by a 25-year-old woman from out of state.
Both drivers were killed in the impact and declared deceased at the scene. The 17-year-old’s passenger, an 18-year-old male, suffered injuries described as life-threatening and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Although authorities did not mention why they think the 17-year-old crossed the center line, the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lima Post is still investigating the crash.
Legal recourse for victims
If authorities determine the 17-year-old did indeed cross the center line and caused the accident, those findings can be used as evidence in a civil case against that driver’s estate as well as anyone else who had ownership of her vehicle. The grieving family of the 25-year-old victim may elect to pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver, and the 18-year-old has the right to seek compensation as well through a civil suit. Those interested in pursuing compensation will need to work with an experienced personal injury attorney to increase their chances for a successful outcome.