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Wrong-way accident kills 2 in Ohio

An accident on Ohio's Interstate 271 resulted in death for two drivers and serious injury for two other motorists on Nov. 7. According to police, the accident was due to speeding and distraction.

The accident occurred when a 41-year-old pickup driver heading south on I-271 in Richfield rear-ended a sports utility vehicle at about 5 p.m. The pickup driver then allegedly veered across the grassy median and entered the northbound lanes. The wrong-way driver then hit a second SUV head-on.

The female driver of the northbound SUV, 44, died at the scene of the accident. The pickup driver was reportedly unconscious and transported by helicopter to a local hospital but died at the facility. Two occupants of the southbound SUV were seriously injured, according to official reports. They were transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Police closed all lanes of I-271 near Broadview Road while the crash was cleared and debris removed. Authorities said it took several hours to remove vehicles involved in the crash from the roadway. The identity of the deceased was not available pending notification of family.

A driver who speeds and is inattentive to roadway conditions, as in this case, may cause a fatal car accident. Family members may experience damages that include the loss of support once provided by the deceased and services they might have provided the family, lost inheritance and funeral and medical costs. Calculation of damages may include the earning capacity of the decedent and their life expectancy based on their general health.

Consulting with an attorney who may provide guidance into engaging experts to evaluate the deceased's financial contribution may be beneficial in a wrongful death suit. The attorney may discuss the option of including the personal injury the deceased experienced prior to death.

Source: WKYC, "Two dead after three-vehicle crash", November 08, 2014

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