We have lots of control over our lives, or so we believe. While the day-to-day decisions may be within a person’s realm of control, there are many external factors that can impact not only a person’s day, but also the rest of their life. Other people generally are the driving force behind incidences in which a regular day can turn into a nightmare. Recently, a motorcyclist was involved in an accident and Ohio State Patrol released some findings in the suspected alcohol-related accident.
At around 10pm, the man was driving his motorcycle east on Hills and Dales Road. Suddenly, a vehicle coming from the other direction, turned into the driveway for an apartment complex, thereby crossing the motorcyclists lane of travel. The motorcycle overturned and hit the car, at which time he was thrown from the motorcycle. His injuries were treated at Mercy Hospital where he later passed away.
The Ohio State Patrol believes alcohol is a factor in the crash as is the finding that the vehicle failed to yield to the motorcyclist at the time of the crash. While no official charges have been filed, the investigation is on-going. Drunk driving accidents can often be fatal as impairment can cause drivers to take actions they otherwise would not if they had been sober. For this young man, not yet 30, he will be sorely missed by all that knew him.
Criminal charges are one aspect of fatal accidents, but also usually are personal injury cases. And, in this case, it is also potentially a wrongful death case.
Intoxicated driving is punishable by law, but we also owe each other a duty of care. If a person is unable to uphold that duty and they hurt or fatally injury someone, they can be held liable. The reports from the criminal case building for the Ohio State Patrol can often be used as evidence in personal injury lawsuits.