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Ohio auto accident results in serious injuries for several people

Many experienced drivers take it for granted that their skills will prevent any mishaps. In reality, that's not always the case. Unfortunately, some motorists rely on their supposed skills to take unnecessary risks.  One Ohio auto accident was apparently caused by a driver's attempt to pass a large vehicle on a two-way highway. The resulting crash caused several to suffer serious injuries.

The police report indicated that a passenger vehicle was traveling southbound on a local route when the driver attempted to overtake and pass a large commercial truck that was traveling ahead of his vehicle. However, the 30-year-old driver apparently misjudged the timing of his maneuver. He then attempted to avoid a collision with a pickup traveling in the northbound lane by swerving back into his travel lane.

His vehicle then reportedly sideswiped the side of the tractor-trailer, causing him to lose control of his vehicle. He was then struck broadside by the pickup truck. The driver of the first vehicle was flown from the scene as were passengers in the pickup. Seven people were injured in the three-vehicle accident, including three minors who were in the truck. The driver of the semi was unharmed.

Ohio officials stated that the auto accident was precipitated by the improper passing attempt, though toxicology reports are not complete. The report indicated that all of the victims required transportation by either ambulance or helicopter, but the types or severity of their injuries were not disclosed. The victims will likely face a long and painful recovery from their injuries. The adult victims in the pickup -- as well as the guardians of the children – may choose to gather information relating to the filing of personal injury lawsuits against the driver deemed responsible for their injuries.  Such civil litigation efforts may result in a monetary award that can offset the financial damages that tend to accumulate from these tragic and senseless accidents.

Source: norwalkreflector.com, "Three-vehicle crash closes state route", Cary Ashby, Aug. 19, 2017

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