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Car accidents: Semi operator dies when car driver fails to yield

When cars and big rigs collide, it is almost always the occupants of the cars that suffer serious or fatal injuries. It is not often that car accidents are reported in which two cars and a semi-truck are involved in a collision that results in the death of the truck driver. The Mercer County Sheriff indicated that this was the result of a recent crash.

According to a preliminary report on the accident that is still under investigation, a 27-year-old Ohio woman was northbound on a road in Mercer County when she apparently failed to yield at an intersection. Her vehicle smashed into the semi, causing the truck to roll over and slide down the road. The overturned big rig then slammed into another car.

Authorities say the driver of that car suffered only minor injuries, which were treated at the accident scene. The driver that was deemed responsible suffered unknown injuries, and she was taken to the hospital along with the operator of the semi. Reportedly, the truck driver succumbed to his injuries later.

When lives are lost in car accidents on Ohio roads, surviving family members are often faced with unanticipated expenses related to the ambulance and hospital fees, funeral and burial costs as well as the lost income of the deceased victim. If the fatality was caused by the negligence of another party, a wrongful death claim could be filed to pursue claims for financial relief. In a case such as this one, the surviving family may also be entitled to workers' compensation death benefits, though that does not preclude them from seeking additional relief in civil court. An attorney who is experienced in both fields can explain the procedures and assist with the navigation of both claims.

Source: wdtn.com, "1 dead after multi-car crash Tuesday morning", Thea Emroll, July 18, 2017

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