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Rear-end accident kills two on US 59 near Cleveland

Under current road design standards, major highways become vessels for the movement of high speed traffic. If the flow is disrupted, even briefly, catastrophe may be the result. If traffic comes to a complete halt, the outcome is likely to result in serious injury or death. These effects were demonstrated by a recent collision near Cleveland, on U.S. Hwy. 59 that resulted in the death of both teen-aged children of a local business owner.

The accident

According to police reports, southbound traffic on Hwy. 59 was halted by a car fire at the SH 105 bypass further south. Southbound traffic came to a complete halt. The accident happened when a commercial Dodge van owned by a local business struck the rear end of a Toyota passenger sedan. The van was apparently traveling at a high rate of speed and was unable to stop.

The accident killed the 16-year old son of the owner of the Toyota, who was sitting in the right rear seat. The driver’ s 18-year old son, who was sitting in the other rear seat, was seriously injured and taken to HCA Hospital in Cleveland where he later died from his injuries. The parents of the two boys were treated at HCA Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and released. The driver of the Dodge van was treated for injuries at the same hospital but was released

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash. Among other factors, they are looking for possible distractions that may have caused the van to crash into the Toyota.

Recovering damages

Anyone who has suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one under similar circumstances may wish to pursue a claim for damages against the responsible party or parties. The assistance of an experienced auto accident attorney can be the key to recovering a reasonable amount of damages. A capable lawyer can provide an analysis of the evidence, devise legal arguments to support a claim and give an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.