It is not uncommon for car accidents to result in criminal charges. Those charges are especially likely if the accidents cause fatalities. In addition to possible criminal repercussions, such incidents could also lead to civil lawsuits if the families of the victims choose to pursue wrongful death claims.
One family in Ohio may be considering this option after a recent accident. According to reports, a tractor-trailer driver was hauling an oversized load on I-270 when a metal container on the trailer struck an overpass. The collision caused the container to fall from the trailer and strike two vehicles. It was noted that the Ohio Department of Transportation offers alternate routes for drivers carrying oversized loads, but it is up to the drivers to actually follow those routes.
The accident resulted in fatal injuries for a driver in one of the vehicles hit by the container. He was reported as being 38 years old. The driver of the other vehicle did not suffer any injuries. It was noted that the driver of the tractor-trailer is currently facing charges for aggravated vehicular homicide.
The family of the man killed in this Ohio accident may be wondering what actions they could take to mitigate the hardships that they will likely face after such a sudden loss. It may be worth their while to consider filing a wrongful death claim against the driver of the truck and the company for which he works. This type of claim could allow them to pursue monetary compensation for damages stemming from the fatal incident.