Ohio highways are crowded with holiday shoppers and travelers. Most drivers are aware that defensive driving and anticipating problems can prevent accidents. Maintaining a safe following distance is one of the most important things a driver can do. However, during the busy holiday season people can become distracted and lose focus, which can cause a car crash.

Failure to maintain a safe distance between vehicles may have contributed to a multiple car crash on Ohio 32. A five-car pileup caused the death of one person. The crash resulted in the highway being shut down for a short period of time as the accident scene was cleared and investigated. The accident appears to have happened when one driver failed to maintain a safe following distance, hitting the car in front of him and causing a chain-reaction crash.

It is not believed that drugs or alcohol played a part in the accident. Speed has not been ruled out as a possible contributing factor. In addition to the person who died, two children were taken to an area hospital and treated for minor injuries.

There is no such thing as a good time for a car crash. However, the holiday season is undoubtedly one of the worst times for a serious accident to occur. The holidays may serve as a reminder of the tragedy for years to come. Nothing can undo what has already taken place, but a civil lawsuit against the party or parties deemed responsible may provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.