The city of Columbus reached its 44th motor vehicle related fatality earlier this month. The truck accident occurred about 9:30 p.m. when a westbound tractor-trailer on I-70 veered across the median strip and crashed head-on with an eastbound SUV. Both drivers were killed, and police were working to attempt to identify them at the time of the initial report. The accident happened near Brice Road on the city's East Side.
The drivers were apparently declared dead at the scene of the truck accident. Authorities are not yet sure why the truck driver lost control of his vehicle. The tractor-trailer had Indiana plates, while according to the plates on the SUV; the second vehicle was from Ohio. No other identifying information was available, except to say that one driver was a Hispanic male and the other victim was a male Caucasian. Another vehicle was struck by crash debris, but the driver was said to be uninjured.
Authorities will undoubtedly continue their investigation to identify the drivers and reach a conclusion as to the cause of the crash. Meanwhile, two families will be left to mourn their tragic loss, though each will surely want to learn exactly what happened. Any fatal accident is tragic. The blunt force created by an accident involving a large vehicle like a tractor-trailer is often horrific.
The law concerning personal injury, as well as the procedures in perfecting a claim, is a complicated maze of legal jargon to many. In Columbus, an attorney experienced in all aspects of accident reconstruction and wrongful death litigation may guide a path to recover the monetary damages for which the law specifically provides.
Source: The nbc4i.com, "Drivers Killed In Head-On Collision On I-70 Not Identified," Donna Willis & Jason Mays, Oct. 4, 2011