On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Wrongful Death on Monday, May 13, 2013.

Rain makes driving more hazardous, and drivers must be especially careful in these conditions. Unfortunately, some young drivers in Ohio fail to follow warnings about speeding in adverse weather conditions. Devastating car accidents can result.

On Ohio 7, where the speed limit is 55 miles per hour, a teenage driver’s speed reached as high as 74 miles per hour. It was raining and he lost control of the vehicle, which crashed into an SUV that was headed in the opposite direction. The driver of the other vehicle, an elementary school teacher, was killed, and her 2-year-old grandson suffered serious injuries. According to the young boy’s mother, the injuries that resulted from the accident will limit his mobility for the rest of his life.

Although the New Matamoras teenager did not speak in court, his body language showed some signs of remorse. His attorney argued that the boy is generally not a troublemaker and meant no harm. There were no reports of drugs or alcohol in his system. Nevertheless, now he’s facing the consequences of his reckless driving. In addition to serving a 180-day jail sentence, he will also pay a fine of $1,000, and his driver’s license will be suspended for five years. The teenager has a history of speeding, but he reportedly has no criminal background.

The expenses related to the injury or loss of a loved one can be overwhelming for the family. In this case, the victim’s family is seeking compensation to help cover the grandson’s medical expenses. People in similar situations may want to work with an attorney.

Source: News and Sentinel, “New Matamoras teen sentenced in fatal accident,” Jasmine Rogers, May 3, 2013