Traffic signs are designed to control the flow of vehicles on roadways. When drivers disobey them, people can get seriously or fatally injured. Sadly, numerous car accidents in which drivers failed to obey traffic signs happen across the country, including many here in Ohio.
A crash that recently occurred on State Route 274 involved a driver who failed to obey a traffic sign. That vehicle ran through a stop sign into an intersection already occupied by an SUV. The SUV driver was unable to avoid colliding with the car that blew through the stop sign. When troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrived at the scene, it became clear that one individual would require extrication from the wreckage.
The SUV had one occupant, the driver, and three people occupied the car. All four suffered injuries, but only one required transport from the scene in a helicopter. According to police, the front seat passenger in the car died as a result of the injuries suffered in the impact. No report was given regarding the injuries suffered by the other three people.
The investigation into this crash may reveal the factors that led to the car driver running through the stop sign instead of stopping. This information could prove invaluable to the family of the deceased passenger and the surviving victims. Being involved in a serious accident can lead to substantial financial losses that could adversely impact the victims and their families. Having the ability to pursue restitution for damages incurred in car accidents could provide them with an avenue to recoup them.