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Auto accidents remain a reality facing communities like Elyria. Yet still, local motorists may take to the area’s roads unconcerned about the potential of being involved in a collision. This no doubt comes from the assumption that most others are willing to take as much care as they do in avoiding accidents. More often than not, that assumption is proven to be correct. Yet there are those instances where the reckless actions of one individual can place others at risk. Unfortunately, those subjected to such negligence are forced to pay the ultimate price.

That fact proved once again to be true in an accident that occurred on Christmas Eve in Green Township. Authorities were dispatched to an intersection on a local road where they found two vehicles that haad been involved in a collision. The occupants of one of the cars involved were injured, with one (an elderly woman) later succumbing to her injuries at a local hospital. The driver that caused the collision was unhurt. Witnesses say that he ran a stop sign before hitting the other vehicle. Law enforcement officials report that they believe he may have been intoxicated at the time of the collision, yet no arrest has yet been made as the crash remains under investigation.

Many might think that in a case where a drunk driver causes an accident, victims are barred from seeking civil action against them until whatever criminal matters they may be facing play out. Yet that is not the case. If an accident victim needs to seek compensation from one who is facing criminal charges, they are free to do so concurrently with criminal proceedings. Those needing to seek such action may first want to secure the services of an experienced attorney.