On Sept. 25, a 58-year-old man was killed when his vehicle collided with a semi-truck in Brown County. The man purportedly lost control of his vehicle after driving over a bucket of wet paint that had fallen off the bed of a pickup truck.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the 10:45 a.m. accident happened on State Route 41 in Huntington Township. That is where the 58-year-old man was traveling south when he lost control of his 2007 Toyota Tacoma on account of the paint. The paint had come from the bed of a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 55-year-old man, reportedly. Subsequently, the Toyota pickup truck crossed into the northbound lanes of traffic and was hit by a semi-truck, authorities stated. Both the Toyota pickup truck and the semi-truck careened into an embankment on the side of the roadway.
Officials pronounced the driver of the Toyota dead at the accident scene. Neither the 55-year-old driver of the Chevrolet truck nor the 41-year-old driver of the semi-truck reported suffering injuries in the collision. Police indicated that they are investigating the crash but do not suspect alcohol or drugs contributed to the event.
In general, motorists whose negligent actions contribute to traffic accidents resulting in death of life-altering injuries may be held accountable both criminally and in civil court. That is because people who suffer losses in connection with such accidents may be entitled to financial compensation via civil action.
For example, certain family members of the deceased accident victims may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. In this way, the decedent’s family may seek to recover the economic losses they suffered due to the sudden and unexpected death of their loved one.
Source: WCPO, “Man killed in Brown County crash caused by bucket of paint, troopers say”, Maxim Alter, September 25, 2014