An Aug. 19 car accident resulted in the deaths of two individuals while three others suffered injuries. The 7:42 p.m. incident occurred as a 37-year-old driver from Michigan ran a stop sign at State Route 302 and US 42. The driver ran into a minivan causing both vehicles to run off the road and into a nearby yard.
The minivan contained a driver and three passengers, including a juvenile who was seated in a booster seat and who suffered unspecified injuries. The additional occupants of the vehicle included the driver, a male who suffered unspecified injuries, and two women who died as a result of the accident. Neither the driver nor the 77-year-old and 25-year-old women were wearing seat belts at the time of the fatal accident. The other driver suffered minor injuries, and both drivers as well as the juvenile were transported to area hospitals for treatment.
Although the incident investigation has not concluded, authorities have reported that they do not believe the wreck was related to alcohol. The investigation may pinpoint other possible issues such as distracted driving, a medical episode or a mechanical problem with the vehicle. These results may be important as insurance adjusters address benefits due to parties involved or survivors of those who died. Investigation results may also provide insight if survivors of the deceased women consider filing wrongful death claims.
Although a wrongful death suit might be filed against a driver who has been deemed responsible in an accident, additional consideration might be given to action against a vehicle manufacturer or rental agency if the involved vehicle is determined to have defective parts or if maintenance issues haven't been properly handled. A lawyer representing survivors of a decedent might even find that improper sign placement may have contributed to an incident, especially if there has been a pattern of similar incidents at the same location.
Source: FOX 8 Cleveland, "2 people killed in Ashland County crash", Jessica Dabrowski, August 20, 2014