Crossing through the intersection of two streets is normally a relatively safe activity, given that the individuals who are driving their vehicles respect the rules of the road and the signage posted in the area. Every day Ohio drivers successfully navigate these common roadway interchanges and few suffer harm as a result of collisions or accidents. However, a very violent crash in an intersection recently occurred near Akron and that collision took the life of a 38-year-old woman.
The incident happened at the intersection of U.S. Route 62 and California Avenue NE in Stark County. The victim was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a 35-year-old man. The driver was proceeding through the intersection in the early evening when a car coming onto the cross street failed to stop at the red light. The negligent driver's vehicle collided with the victim's and left the victim with fatal injuries.
Both drivers, as well as a third person, were treated for minor injuries and at this time law enforcement officials are still looking into why this crash occurred. However, if the driver of the cross street vehicle did run a red light, then he may be liable for the losses suffered by the others involved in the crash, as well as the family members of the deceased woman.
When fatal vehicle accidents claim lives, some relatives of the deceased parties can pursue wrongful death claims. A wrongful death claim is a personal injury cause of action that allows someone to seek the damages they suffered when a loved one was killed. In this case, the family members of the deceased woman may be able to seek compensation for her funeral costs and other expenses as they relate to her involvement in the fatal collision.
Source: ohio.com, "Louisville woman killed in Stark County crash," Jan. 12, 2018