A pickup truck has been alleged to have caused multiple collisions on an Ohio road on a recent Wednesday night. The chain reaction motor vehicle accidents left several injured and one man dead. The man who suffered fatal injuries was a dedicated police officer and well-known in his community.
The police officer killed in the recent crashes was off-duty when his vehicle was struck. Apparently, the pickup truck hit the rear end of another car. That vehicle then veered across the center line of traffic, directly into the path of the off-duty officer’s vehicle. A second crash occurred and the 45-year-old veteran police officer was killed. The person driving the pickup truck is said to have refused medical treatment at the scene.
The driver of the car that was rear-ended was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The police chief who received the initial call reporting the incidents lamented the loss of his fellow officer and said that it was a shock to hear the news of what had happened. A resident in the area stated that the officer’s death is a tragedy for the whole community.
When Ohio motor vehicle accidents such as the two collisions in this case result in the loss of life due to a motorist’s negligence, the immediate family members who survive a decedent are able to seek recourse through the legal system by filing a claim in a civil court. While no amount of compensation can ever replace a loved one’s life, it might comfort families to know that such monies can be used to help pay funeral costs and other financial losses associated with an accident. Families may seek compensation for damages that include funeral and burial expenses, loss of future potential wages, as well as loss of companionship and other allowable damages under applicable law.
Source: wlwt.com, “Off-duty Warren Co. police captain killed in 3-vehicle western Ohio crash“, Sept. 10, 2015