On Sept. 25 around 10:45 a.m. in Huntington Township, a fatal trucking accident left one man dead. The 58-year-old victim was traveling south on SR 41 when he came across a paint spill in the roadway that Ohio State Highway Patrol reported likely caused the driver to lose control and slide across the centerline into oncoming traffic. The man's vehicle then collided with a semi-truck, sending both vehicles careening into the eastern embankment of the highway.
Troopers found that the paint spill had occurred just moments before the wreck when another truck traveling in the northbound lanes was making a right turn. As it did, a paint bucket tumbled from the bed of the truck, dumping the contents over the roadway. Authorities did not believe he was impaired and did not report charging him in this fatal accident.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi-truck and the driver of the other truck were not injured in the accident. According to authorities, all parties involved were wearing seatbelts. Investigators and cleanup crews shut down the highway for about eight hours following the incident.
When a fatal trucking accident such as this one occurs, there may or may not be charges filed against the drivers involved. Whether or not the investigation shows negligence on the part of any of the drivers, family members of the deceased may still decide to file a wrongful death claim through a civil lawsuit. Families might seek the help of a personal injury attorney who understands the state laws and may offer guidance and representation. A successful wrongful death claim may allow families to receive compensation for damages such as mental anguish and loss of support and services.
Source: WCPO, "Man killed in Brown County crash caused by bucket of paint, troopers say", Maxim Alter, September 25, 2014