Although drivers must be careful to avoid potential hazards on the roads, it is the role of local government agencies in Ohio to ensure that roads are properly maintained. Especially when problems are reported, it is important for officials to take steps to ensure the safety of their roads. In some unfortunate cases, the government’s failure to keep roads clear of obstruction can cause injuries and even death. State and local governments that neglect to maintain safe roads may face wrongful death lawsuits.

The Ohio Department of Transportation had allegedly been aware of a tree that had been leaning over a state road for some time. Unfortunately, the department failed to correct the problem before the tree fell in the road, causing the death of a New Concord woman. The victim was driving with her son, whose age is unknown; he survived the accident but was injured.