In this video, you notice that a minivan driver begins to slow down before swerving to avoid a fast approaching car that has crossed the center line. A 64-year-old New Philadelphia resident was not as fortunate, as the Times-Reporter reported on September 13, 2012. She was fatally injured when she collided head on with a six-axle dump truck after driving left of center on State Route 39 in Goshen Township. New Philadelphia firefighters extricated the woman from the vehicle, and the Times-Reporter said she was not wearing a seat belt.
The woman was about three miles away from her home when the truck accident occurred, and the Times-Reporter said it was the seventh traffic fatality in Tuscarawas County this year. The Associated Press reported that nearly 800 people have died in crashes across the Buckeye State this year, marking a 16 percent increase over the same period last year, according to the Times-Reporter.
In the video above, a person might initially assume that that driver crossing the center line might have been intoxicated. Sometimes, drivers also lose control of their vehicles when they are speeding or simply traveling too fast in inclement weather. However, while the Times-Reporter said troopers are continuing the investigation of the Route 39 accident that occurred at 8:02 a.m. that day, this could very well be a case of the driver having been distracted.
You can find more information about distracted driving accidents on our website, and we will further discuss the recent texting ban that went into effect in Ohio during an upcoming blog post. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries you sustained. Complete the form on this page to let our Cincinnati injury lawyers review your case or contact our firm at (513) 232-2000 to schedule a free consultation.
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