A July 11 crash involving three vehicles resulted in the death of a 31-year-old driver, authorities stated. The fatal accident reportedly occurred on Interstate 71 in Delaware County.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 28-year-old man was driving in the northbound lanes of the interstate when he attempted to change lanes and rear-ended the 31-year-old driver's car near mile marker 131. In turn, the 31-year-old driver's car struck a van driven by a 52-year-old man, reportedly.
Two of the vehicles involved in the crash rolled over as a result, authorities stated. Furthermore, officials at the accident scene pronounced the 31-year-old driver dead.
State troopers commenced an investigation into the incident. While fault for this event was not immediately assigned, troopers did indicate that alcohol did not appear to be a contributing factor.
The family of the driver who died in this accident may wish to seek financial compensation for the economic damages they suffered in connection with the fatal accident. This may be possible through civil action.
In specific, certain family members of deceased accident victims may pursue a wrongful death claim against the party at fault for the crash if there is significant evidence that negligent driving or some other type of actionable behavior caused the accident. In this way, bereaved family members may seek restitution for funeral expenses, the costs associated with the decedent's estate administration and even lost earnings if the decedent had contributed income to dependents or the family household while alive.
Because these damages often equate to large sums of money, wrongful death cases are often highly contentious in nature. Thus, many families of deceased accident victims retain the counsel and representation of a wrongful death attorney before filing a claim.
Source: ABC 6, "One Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-71", July 12, 2014