At least one person died and another sustained severe injuries in an early morning solo car crash in Columbus on Saturday, February 13th. The accident happened around 1:10 a.m. in East Columbus near Maryland Avenue and North Nelson Road.
According to the Columbus Police, Marcus Harrison, 41, a city resident was southbound on North Nelson Road with a passenger. He failed to navigate a turn at Maryland Avenue and skidded across the road and struck a tree.
The impact left Harrison severely injured, and medics transported him to Ohio State University Hospital East in critical condition. The unidentified female passenger passed away at the crash scene. The police will release her name after notifying her next-of-kin.
The Columbus Police said this is the 12th fatal motor vehicle crash, resulting in 13 fatalities in 2021. There is no additional information about the solo car crash in Columbus at this time.
Motor vehicle accidents are among the most common causes of death in Ohio and the United States. They occur due to drivers’ negligence and sometimes circumstances outside their control.
Common causes of traffic accidents are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, and speeding. It takes a distracted driver about three seconds to crash. Others are tailgating, road rage, adverse weather conditions, manufacturer’s defect, and animal sighting.
When accidents happen, investigators look at the facts to determine who the at-fault is. Once they assess fault, they can recommend a criminal trial depending on the case’s circumstances. If the victim survives, they bring a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages.
If the victim dies, their families or estate rep can file a wrongful death lawsuit. They can recover economic, non-economic, and punitive damages from the at-fault party. It would be best to consult an Ohio car accident lawyer for legal advice and representation.