While nothing can make up for the death of a loved one, there are ways to attempt to recover many of the damages caused by the negligence of others. Victims of car accidents or families of deceased victims are entitled to pursue potential financial relief. This is what an Ohio family did when they recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit naming several defendants, accusing them of being responsible for the death of their loved one.
On an evening in June, a 49-year-old woman died in a head-on crash on State Route 58. An Ohio State Patrol report of the accident indicates that the primary defendant drove an SUV and veered into the lane of the woman, causing the fatal collision. The woman’s death was declared at the accident scene. Reportedly, it was determined that the SUV driver was impaired at the time of the crash, so the family also named as a defendant the establishment that served him alcohol while he was obviously intoxicated.
Furthermore, it was established that the SUV did not belong to the impaired driver. For this reason, the family also named the vehicle owner as a defendant in the lawsuit, claiming that she wrongfully and negligently entrusted the man with her SUV. In separate proceedings, the SUV driver was indicted on unrelated charges earlier this month. These charges were drug-related and also driving under suspension.
Any Ohio residents similarly affected by the negligence of drunk drivers that caused fatal car accidents can pursue actions to recover damages after the loss of a loved one. With the skilled support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney, an independent investigation can determine the potential defendants to name in a wrongful death claim. The lawyer can also assist with establishing negligence and drafting a documented list of claims for damages before proceeding with the presentation of the lawsuit in a civil court.
Source: chroniclet.com, “Victim’s family sues Wellington bar, driver“, Aug. 18, 2017