Tragedy struck on an Ohio county road earlier this month. While not all car crashes and their corresponding injuries are preventable, this particular crash appears to have been. Preliminary reports are claiming that a distracted driver was the main factor behind the crash. A vehicle driven by the woman who has passed away was initially rear-ended by the alleged distracted driver.
The injuries the woman suffered in this crash were serious enough to cause her death. Most rear-end accidents do not result in fatalities, but this one was different. The impact of the rear-end collision forced the woman’s vehicle left of center, where it then collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle. In addition, there were serious injuries to those in the on-coming vehicle; four passengers in that vehicle that collided with the woman’s were treated for their injuries suffered in the car accident.
While the exact distracted driving behavior of the original driver who caused the wreck has not been released, there are a few common distracted driving behaviors it could potentially be. One that has caught recent media attention is distracted driving due to texting while driving. These behaviors often cause a driver’s hands and eyes to leave the roadway, leaving them open to a potential accident, such as the deadly one in this recent incident. While it is not the only possibility, these crashes have become much more common.
A full investigation is currently being conducted by Highway State Patrol. Their findings will determine exactly what caused the woman’s car to be rear-ended. These car accidents seem so senseless, so avoidable. For those who loose loved ones due to distracted driving behaviors, there are ways to seek damages. It will never bring the loved one back, but it can bring awareness to issues of public concern, like distracted driving, and can help with the financial costs.