On Tuesday, December 1st, a two-vehicle crash in Wayne County claimed the life of a female motorist. The car accident report revealed that 37-year-old Shreve resident, Tabitha Dye, lost control of her car before getting struck by another.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the victim was northbound on State Route 3 in Clinton Township when she suddenly crossed into the southbound lane. The act placed the woman in the path of a Chevrolet Trax, which struck her vehicle.
Dye sustained extensive injuries and passed away at the crash site. The Chevrolet driver, identified as Samantha Penko, 23, of Mt. Vernon, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and received treatment at Wooster Community Hospital.
The state troopers said both victims were wearing their seat belts during the collision, and alcohol or drugs did not play a role in the occurrence. The crash is the tenth fatality in Wayne County in 2020. There is no additional information at this point.
When accidents of this nature happen in Ohio, the investigators must use the evidence at the crash site, witness statements, and available video footage to determine the person at fault. Determining fault is vital as Ohio is a no-fault state, meaning victims can only claim the at-fault driver's insurance after establishing negligence.
If the at-fault party does not have sufficient insurance coverage, the victim may use the uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage on their policy. The process can be long, tedious, and intimidating to victims, making it vital to seek a competent car accident attorney's assistance.
With the lawyer's help, the victim will file a claim with their insurance company to recover compensation. The victim can also file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver to recover damages for the physical injuries suffered and property damage.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a crash, contact an Ohio car accident attorney for help and guidance right away.