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April 17, 2013
A judge with the Ohio Court of Claims ruled earlier this week that a defective highway design and lack of maintenance was to blame for a deadly Ohio Auto Accident that occurred several years ago. Furthermore, he ordered the state of Ohio to pay $3.3 million to the family of the victim for their loss.
An article published by The Plain Dealer stated the incident occurred on March 11, 2008, along Ohio 165 in Unity Township. The 49-year-old victim was driving to work when an oncoming box truck struck a pothole in the road and swerved into her lane of traffic. The two vehicles collided head-on and the victim died a short time later.
The victim’s family later failed suit, claiming the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) was negligent in failing to keep the road in a safe condition for drivers. ODOT rebutted the allegations, saying there was no way for the agency to be aware of the problem; however, a witness testified he had reported the pothole to ODOT several weeks prior to the fatal collision.
Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy and their team of Cleveland Personal Injury Attorneys have been recognized for their success in helping those who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents. The firm urges anyone who has lost a loved one or been injured due to a motor vehicle collision to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.
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