On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.

A car crash resulting in injury can be difficult to recover from, and leads to a need to handle both the repair or replacement costs of a vehicle and the costs of medical care. If the accident can be shown to be caused by negligence, however, such costs may be borne by the negligent party if the victim chooses to file a personal injury lawsuit. Because of this, a late-night car crash in Springfield Township may end up costing the driver of one of the vehicles even more than the required period of jail time.

The incident in Springfield Township resulted in in minor injuries for one of the drivers and jail time for the other. The car accident occurred at the intersection of Airport Highway and Spring Meadows Drive at about 2 a.m. on Oct. 13. At the time of the collision, the accident victim was waiting at a stop light at the intersection, when the second driver rear-ended his vehicle.

The driver who had been waiting at the light suffered minor injuries from the collision. The second driver was arrested, as police suspected that he had been drinking prior to the collision.

Ohio has strict laws involving DUI offenses, especially if such drivers are involved in collisions. Because of this, in addition to jail time for a DUI-related offense, the responsible driver also faces a possible personal injury suit for negligence if it can be proven that alcohol was a factor in the auto accident. A successful civil claim can result in monetary compensation to the victim that can go toward medical expenses and other damages incurred in an accident.

Source: WNWO, “One driver injured another arrested for overnight accident,” Bryant Maddrick, Oct.13, 2012