After dark on December 27, 2019, the defendant was driving southbound on State Route 235 in a Ford F-350 that was pulling farming equipment. The equipment connected to the truck extended over the road’s centerline, and another vehicle struck the equipment, damaging or knocking off any lights or reflective material that may have alerted drivers to the presence of equipment extending over the centerline.
Knowing that his equipment was not illuminated in any way and that he had already collided with one vehicle due to the equipment extending into the oncoming lane of travel, the defendant nevertheless left the scene of the first accident and continued to drive southbound on State Route 235. He made no attempt to make the farming equipment visible to other motorists after this first accident.
Later that night, our client collided with the same farm equipment while traveling northbound on State Route 235 in Weston Township, Wood County, Ohio. After crashing into the equipment that extended into his lane without illumination, our client’s car rolled over several times. While unconscious, our client was extracted from his vehicle and taken to the emergency room
The defendant’s negligence is apparent, as they caused not one but two accidents that night, and took no steps to make the equipment visible after the first accident damaged its reflectors. Thus, we are pursuing compensation to hold the truck driver responsible.
Establishing the Defendant’s Liability
The defendant failed to operate their vehicle properly in light of the equipment attached. With the connected cargo, the negligent driver’s truck extended outside of the lane. What is worse is that at the time of the accident with our client, the farming equipment was not illuminated in any way, and the defendant knew this. The defendant drove with a complete disregard for the safety of others. Their negligence ultimately caused our client’s injuries and economic losses.
Assessing Our Client’s Injuries and Damages
Our client spent more than a week in the hospital and sustained permanent, life-altering injuries including a traumatic brain injury, spinal fractures in his vertebrae, and a lacerated spleen. He then began rehab at a nursing home, where he contracted a urinary tract infection. The urinary tract infection was so severe that he was hospitalized once again due to kidney failure.
Due to the defendant’s careless actions, our client has had to deal with great pain, suffering, mental anguish, and emotional distress. Because his injuries are permanent, he will continue to incur medical costs in the future. Additionally, our client anticipates a more dramatic decline in his ability to function and participate in ordinary activities. The attorneys at Charles E. Boyk Law Offices are seeking the full amount of compensation needed to address our client’s current and future damages.
Contact a Legal Professional Right Away
Dealing with personal injuries from a car accident can be a burden. If you or a loved one were injured in a vehicle collision caused by a negligent driver, reach out to our firm for legal guidance. Our team of experienced attorneys at Charles E. Boyk Law Offices is determined to help you with your case. Contact us today to start working on your claim.