Wednesday afternoon a car crash in Williams County, Ohio sent 4 people to the hospital.
The accident happened around 2:45 pm on Route 20 at the intersection of County Road 1.50. According to the report, Justin Rice, 18, was driving a Mercury Topaz northbound on CR 1.50 when he failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign.
Mr. Rice pulled his vehicle into the path of a Dodge Journey being driven by Walter Harvey, 47. The two cars came to rest off the north side of US-20.
Mr. Harvey was taken from the scene to an area hospital and Rice along with his two juvenile passengers were taken by Life Flight to a hospital in Fort Wayne, IN.
Ohio Crash Statistics
In 2011 the state of Ohio recorded 290,216 traffic crashes. There were 941 fatal crashes, which was down from 945 in 2010.
The Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.43 which discusses right-of-way issues states that, “Except when directed to proceed by a law enforcement officer, every driver of a vehicle or trackless trolley approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or, if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering it. After having stopped, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approach on another roadway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the driver is moving across or within the intersection or junction of roadways.”
In this case, both Mr. Harvey and the two passengers have a right to make a claim against the driver. Passengers in vehicles where the driver is at fault are still allowed to file a claim for the injuries that they received.
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