With Memorial Day, many Ohio residents are celebrating the unofficial start of summer. The warm weather brings people out of their homes and into social settings. As people enjoy the weather and the long days, many consume alcohol as part of their festivities. While alcohol consumption in and of itself is not dangerous, when people choose to get behind the wheel of a car, it can be deadly.
A recent drunk driving accident in Ohio will likely be fatal. The car accident victim is on life support following the serious accident. The 58-year-old woman's family is expected to remove her from life support in the coming days.
According to reports, the woman was injured when a 33-year-old man was speeding on a street to try to beat out a red light. However, instead of making it through the intersection, the man hit the woman's car almost completely head-on. Officers on the scene of the accident claimed to have smelled alcohol and have said that the man did poorly on field sobriety tests. He is facing criminal charges -- which could be upgraded if the woman dies.
When drunk driving accidents, like this one, cause serious injuries and deaths, Ohio families need to understand all their legal options. Criminal proceedings will likely follow these types of accidents, but they are not the only source of recourse for the family. Instead, car accident victims and their families should consider a civil suit.
Through a personal injury suit or a wrongful death suit, victims and their families can receive compensation for the loss they have suffered after an accident. This compensation may include lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and more.
Source: WBNS, "Crash Victim Not Expected to Survive; Accused Drunk Driver Charged," Glenn McEntyre, May 21, 2014