Many people in Ohio and elsewhere enjoy riding utility vehicles. While these types of vehicles can be a convenient way to get around a large tract of property or be taken off-road, their relatively small size and open design mean that they offer little protection in an accident. Sadly, one man from Fremont recently lost his life after his UTV was struck by a pickup truck.
Just after 7:30 p.m. on the evening of April 20, two people were riding in a 2008 Polaris Ranger 700 side-by-side UTV on Napoleon Road. Behind them was a pickup truck driven by a 57-year-old man from Helena. The UTV was about to turn into a private drive off Napoleon Road when the pickup driver decided to try to pass the vehicle. The pickup struck the UTV, causing it to run off the road and overturn.
A 33-year-old passenger in the UTV was ejected from the UTV and died from the injuries he suffered. The drivers of both vehicles each suffered minor injuries in the crash. It was noted that the pickup driver was wearing a seat belt. The accident is still under investigation.
Legal recourse for victims
The surviving family of the man killed in the accident likely has grounds to bring a wrongful death claim against the pickup driver. Likewise, the injured UTV driver may be able to pursue a personal injury claim. To fully understand their options regarding a civil claim, affected parties will want to consult with an attorney in Ohio experienced in personal injury and wrongful death claims. Working closely with a lawyer will also increase their chances of obtaining the best outcome possible.