In some automobile accidents, the circumstances of the crash are so obvious that a lay person can sort out the events by eye-balling the crash debris from a nearby spot. In other automobile accidents, especially those involving more than two vehicles, a lengthy investigation and accident reconstruction may be required to understand the exact sequence of events. A recent head-on crash in Defiance County appears to fall into the former category.
According to police who responded to the scene, a sedan was travelling south on State Route 111 when the driver momentarily lost control and failed to stay to the right of the centerline. The car crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a northbound pickup truck. The driver of the sedan was airlifted to Defiance Regional Medical Center and later transferred to ProMedica Toledo Hospital; his injuries were assessed as being non-life-threatening. The driver of the pickup was also transported to Defiance Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Police have not released a theory about the cause of the accident, although their first report eliminated alcohol and drug impairment as possible causes. Both drivers were using seat belts. The main questions facing police investigators are the speeds of the two vehicles and their physical conditions.
Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a similar accident often wonders about starting a lawsuit for damages. Before beginning the arduous course of bringing suit, a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney may resolve many questions. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a helpful evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and disability.