Last fall, as thousands of Ohio State students prepared for their first day of class, one young woman who had planned to start her freshman year instead lay in a hospital bed. The young woman was involved in a serious pedestrian and car accident days before classes were scheduled to start when she was hit by a car while walking.
For thousands of college-age students, spring break offers the excitement of hitting the road with friends and driving to a warmer climate. Four Ohio State students recently did just that, as they loaded into a car and set out south to Florida. Sadly, after enjoying their vacation, the young women were involved in a tragic car accident that left two people dead and six severely injured.
Car accidents can always have potentially tragic results. However, when a car accident results in the unexpected death of one or more people, it can have a life-changing impact on the family of the deceased. In addition to the emotional hardship, a fatal car wreck will likely give rise to new and unexpected financial obligations.
Truck drivers are expected to exercise a higher standard of care when operating their commercial motor vehicles than other drivers on the road. This is due to the nature of the vehicles they are driving, and, often times, the nature of the loads they carry. Another reason truck drivers are held to a higher standard is that a truck accident can be devastating, not only for them, but also for the drivers and passengers in the vehicles they impact. No matter the severity of the impact on the lives of the truck driver, it is important that they are held accountable, if they are determined to be at fault.