A 22-year-old man from New Paris, OH passed away after suffering fatal injuries in a crash that occurred in New Hope, Ohio. The victim, who has been identified as Dustin A. Hutchins, was riding as a passenger in a 2014 Hyundai being driven by 20-year-old Taylor Wilburn. Pal-Item says that Taylor had been heading westbound on U.S. 35 when the vehicle he was in drifted into the path of a 2008 Honda Odyssey.
The Odyssey struck the passenger side of the vehicle which then caused the Hyundai to leave the road and enter into a farm field. The vehicle then caught fire. After first responders arrived at the scene, they transported Wilburn to Reid Health in Richmond, Indiana, and transported Hutchins to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton by a medical helicopter. Sadly, that is where the 22-year-old was pronounced dead.
Investigators believe speed was not a factor in the crash, however, the source says they were working to uncover what may have caused this unfortunate accident to transpire. The incident was so severe it shut down U.S. 35 and took investigators and cleanup crews two and a half hours to clear the scene.
Driver Error is a Leading Cause of Car Crashes in the U.S.
While police weren’t clear on what caused the accident cited above to transpire, most vehicular accidents, especially those that involve a vehicle merging into another lane, are caused by driver error. If you lost a loved one in a vehicular accident in New Hope, Ohio, or a neighboring city that was caused by someone else’s mistake and are looking to hold them accountable, you’re going to want to retain an Ohio accident lawyer to help you.
If a driver was driving while under the influence, driving while distracted, or engaging in any other reckless behavior that caused the fatal accident your loved one was involved in, you may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the individual. In the event the person also passed away as a result of suffering fatal injuries, you may have a valid claim against their estate. Wrongful death lawsuits are often filed by surviving family members (i.e. a spouse or the victim’s child) and are used to recover compensation for unexpected expenses associated with the individual’s passing that include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost income
- Medical expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral expenses
Wrongful death lawsuits can also be used to punish the individual for the negligent behavior they displayed that led to your relative’s death. To receive more information on filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Ohio or to discuss your case with an Ohio accident lawyer, contact USAttorneys.com and we will get you connected with a legal expert in your area.