The Ohio Department of Transportation recently reported that no less than 12 wrong-way crashes have occurred in the state so far this year. Another six drivers managed not to harm anyone by causing car accidents when they drove the wrong-way on the state’s roadways. In the most recent of these incidents, an accident occurred that took the life of a 23-year-old woman.
According to reports, a 53-year-old man was speeding in the northbound lanes of Interstate 675 in the wrong direction. A traffic camera even caught the vehicle prior to the crash. A man who called 911 about the vehicle said that it was “flying” down the roadway and didn’t even attempt to get off the interstate to head in the right direction.
The impact was so violent that emergency personnel had to extricate both drivers from their vehicles. Sadly, the victim did not survive her injuries. The wrong-way driver, on the other hand, escaped with injuries described as not life-threatening. At last report, police were still attempting to determine where the driver got onto the highway in the wrong direction, along with other factors leading to this tragedy.
While police continue to figure out what happened, the family of the victim may exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim against the wrong-way driver. In cases involving car accidents, an Ohio civil court requires evidence proving that the other driver was somehow negligent or reckless. The fact that this driver was heading the wrong direction on the interstate would certainly help in proving that the other driver was at fault in this particular tragedy.