Recently in Jackson Township, Ohio, an Amish buggy was involved in a collision with a passenger vehicle. The result was one fatality and two other injuries; the deceased was a 21-year-old woman who was ejected from the buggy in the collision. The car accident remains under investigation by local authorities.
The accident occurred as both the buggy and the vehicle were traveling northbound. The Ohio State Highway Patrol stated that they did not believe the vehicle maintained a constant speed or clear distance from the buggy, eventually colliding with it. Another woman in the buggy suffered injuries and was flown to the hospital for emergency medical treatment.
A complete investigation of this accident will likely reveal what factors played a role in this deadly crash, but the victims do not have to wait to learn about the various legal options that may be available to them. If those injured and the family of the deceased victim choose to take legal action, an evaluation may identify potentially liable parties and reveal the most appropriate course of action. It appears probable that negligence, distraction or reckless behavior were factors that eventually led to the collision.
Those harmed by the negligence of another person have the right to legal recourse. Any victim is entitled to a full explanation of his or her legal options, regardless of the circumstances of the accident. A civil claim cannot undo the damage that has been done, but it may help an injured victim or grieving family recoup some of the financial losses that often accompany a serious or fatal car accident.
Source: fox8.com, "One person dead after crash involving Amish buggy, car in Ashland County", Kara Sutyak, March 3, 2017