Authorities say that they received a call at about 4:58 p.m. on Oct. 29 about a crash that occurred on Ohio 13 near Kochheiser Road. The crash involved a maroon Ford truck hitting a grey Cadillac from behind. Police say that the driver of the Ford did not see traffic stopping prior to the accident. Three people were sent to OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital as a result of the crash.
No information was given about either driver or the third person who was hospitalized. However, none of the injuries were considered to be life threatening. The front of the truck and the back of the Cadillac both sustained heavy damage in the crash, and police say that the driver of the Ford was given a citation for failing to assure clear distance ahead. They also said that neither drugs nor alcohol were thought to have played a role in the wreck, which was still being investigated.
In a car accident that causes injury, the injured party may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. Any injured party might qualify for compensation from the driver who caused the crash to pay for medical bills incurred or for long-term medical bills that will continue to occur as a result of the injury. While a personal injury lawsuit may be settled in court, some cases are settled through a negotiated settlement outside of court.
A personal injury attorney may offer to help an injured person either inside or outside of court. An attorney may be able to preserve the injured party's rights during the legal process and work to secure the compensation available under state law. It may also be possible for an attorney to alert his or her client to any statute of limitations that may exist in a personal injury case.
Source: Mansfield News Journal, "Three hospitalized after Ohio 13 crash", October 29, 2014