Ohio Court: State Must Pay Fatal Pothole Accident’s Family $3.3M

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In 2008, Pauline Miller was driving to work at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center in Youngstown when a commercial truck swerved into her lane and struck her vehicle head-on. The crash killed the 49-year-old nurse and left a void in her close-knit family.

Her family learned that a huge pothole caused the truck driver to lose control and slam into Miller’s car. Miller’s husband children filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the state of Ohio for the road defects that caused the fatal crash. On Thursday, an Ohio Court of Claims Judge awarded the family $3.3 million for Ohio Department of Transportation’s negligence.

The court determined that “but for the existence of potholes in the roadway, the motor vehicle collision would not have occurred.”

This wrongful death case shows that it’s important for Ohio car accident attorneys to be creative in litigation. Things aren’t always as they initially appear, and crashes can occur due to a variety of causes.

Source: Cleveland.com, “Ohio Must Pay $3.3 Million For Fatal Pothole Accident, Court Rules,” Sabrina Eaton, April 5, 2013


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