In most cases, vehicle crashes here in Ohio and elsewhere are witnessed by someone, even if it is those inside the vehicles involved. However, in single-car accidents, there may not be any witnesses left to tell police what happened. When this happens, police and surviving family members may never truly know how the accident occurred from what what can be determined from the physical evidence.
Police may never discover what happened in a single-vehicle accident reported to the Ohio State Highway Patrol on a Tuesday morning around 6:15 a.m. When first responders arrived, they found two deceased men. The driver was just 19 years old, and his passenger was just 20 years old.
The preliminary reports indicate that police believe the crash actually happened around 11:30 p.m. the Monday night before the scene was discovered. While the stretch of roadway was closed, police determined that the vehicle veered off the roadway, struck a guardrail and then struck a tree. It then continued traveling until it came to rest in a creek. It will more than likely take some time before any further details are revealed, such as whether speed, alcohol and/or drugs played a role in this tragedy.
While the families of the two men wait for more information regarding what happened to their loved ones, the family of the passenger may exercise their right to file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the deceased driver. Even though as much information as possible would be preferable, the evidence available may be enough to establish that the passenger’s life was taken as a result of the actions of the driver. If the court determines the driver’s negligence or recklessness caused or contributed to the passenger’s death, the family may receive an award of damages seen in other fatal car accidents.