One of the unfortunate guarantees in life is that all people in Ohio will pass away at some point in time. How and when people pass away varies though. Some people will live long and full lives and die peacefully at an old age. However, some will die young and unexpectedly in fatal accidents. Anytime people lose loved ones it is difficult, but losing loved ones unexpectedly while they still had many more years to live can be especially devastating.
One place where many fatal accidents occur is on the roads and there are many fatal car accidents in Ohio each year. In 2016, there were a total of 1,054 fatal car accidents and 1,133 people lost their lives in those accidents. That averages out to approximately 2.9 fatal accidents each day killing approximately 307 people each day. In Cuyahoga County there were 75 fatal accidents resulting in 82 deaths.
The loved ones of the victims will have a difficult time emotionally after a fatal accident, but they could also have a difficult time financially as well. If the victim provided a significant portion of the income for the family, replacing that income and paying bills can become very difficult. The family members who find themselves in this unfortunate situation may be able to receive compensation for their losses. If another driver was at fault for the accident, that driver may be required to compensate the victim for the damages through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Losing a loved one in Ohio is never easy no matter how the person passes, but it can be even more difficult when the death involved a younger individual after a fatal accident. While the family will never be able to replace the victim of these accidents, they may be able to at least replace the financial losses they experience after the death. It is important to understand one’s legal rights though in order to receive the compensation they deserve.
Source: Ohio Department of Public Safety, “Ohio Traffic Crash Facts” accessed on May 22, 2017