One man is dead and another injured following a roadside accident on Ohio's Interstate 71. The cause of the accident was still under investigation as of Feb. 16.
The car accident happened on Feb. 14 around 9:30 p.m. in Mansfield. According to an Ohio State Patrol representative, a trooper stopped at a single vehicle accident at the 177-mile marker when a relative of the individual involved in the crash arrived to take the person home. The 55-year-old man parked his Ford Explorer behind the trooper and stood next to the Explorer's passenger door.
Another driver, a 33-year-old Mansfield resident, heading north on Interstate 71 in a GMC Sierra, struck the Explorer and the police vehicle. The Ohio State Patrol officer was uninjured. The driver of the Explorer was taken to a Mansfield hospital and was declared dead. The driver of the Sierra was taken to an Ashland Hospital. According to authorities, the GMC driver's injuries were not serious.
Losing control of one's vehicle, as in this case, may happen due to a variety of reasons including distracted or drunk driving as well as falling asleep at the wheel. On occasion, a driver distracted by talking on a cell phone or texting may take his or her eyes off the road, causing an accident that results in the death of another motorist. Beyond the loss of a family member, this may cause financial distress due to end-of-life medical bills, funeral and burial costs as well as the loss of the financial contribution the decedent made to the household.
In similar cases, the family may benefit from consulting an attorney. An attorney can review accident records and witness accounts to determine fault. The attorney may file a wrongful death suit to help the family recover damages.
Source: NewsNet5, "Family member responding to crash on I-71 in Mansfield fatally struck by car," Cassandra Nist, Feb. 16, 2015