An elderly man was killed in a three-car crash that took place in Ohio on Oct. 27. The 83-year-old man had been traveling westbound along Ohio Pike in Pierce Township before the fatal car accident. Shortly before 8 a.m., the man tried to enter a private driveway on the left-hand side of the street when he was struck by a 37-year-old man driving eastbound.
As a result of the initial collision, the elderly man's car spun out of control and hit a third vehicle driven by a 32-year-old woman. The woman was not injured in the wreck, but the 37-year-old driver in the second car suffered minor injuries and was treated at Anderson Mercy Hospital. The elderly man was pronounced dead after being taken to University of Cincinnati Hospital Medical Center via AirCare.
Although the wreck is still being investigated, authorities have stated that they do not believe speed and alcohol were contributing factors. There have been no reports about any criminal charges being filed, and it is unclear if any charges are pending.
A driver can be found liable for causing a multi-vehicle accident even if the accident did not result in the driver receiving criminal charges. Injured victims of a car accident may hold the driver liable by filing a civil claim against them and asking for compensation. In many cases, injured victims choose to enlist the help of an attorney during this process to ensure that the claim is well supported with factual evidence. Some evidence that may help a civil claim could be eyewitness testimony, traffic surveillance footage and police reports.
Source: FOX 19, "Man, 83, dies in Clermont County crash", Jennifer Baker and Courtney Danser, October 28, 2014