A head-on collision in Clay Township killed two men on Dec. 16. According to reports, the collision occurred around 2 p.m. on Ohio 51.
Officers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that a 65-year-old Toledo man was driving a sports car south on the road when he crossed the centerline in an attempt to pass another vehicle. When he did so, he allegedly struck a northbound compact car being driven by an 84-year-old Tiffin man head-on. The force of the collision caused the sports car to roll over, and its driver was reportedly ejected from the vehicle, which landed in a nearby yard.
Both men were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Officers indicated that neither was wearing a seatbelt. Although their investigation was ongoing at the time of the report, law enforcement officers indicated they believe the younger man was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. The road was closed for about three hours as a result of the collision.
Many people die in motor vehicle accidents every year as a result of another driver's negligence. When a person loses his or her life in such an accident, his or her family is often left with a mountain of unexpected expenses in addition to the emotional loss of their loved one. Although a civil lawsuit will never replace a lost family member, it can provide the family with the means to hold the wrongful driver civilly liable for his or her actions. By filing a wrongful death claim, families may be able to recover damages to compensate them for their losses. If the negligent driver also dies, families may name the driver's estate as the defendant to the lawsuit.
Source: News Herald, "Two men killed in Ohio 51 rollover crash", Jessica L Denton, December 17, 2014