Wrong-Way Collisions

“I have been there so many times before and NOW I will be there for YOU and your family.”
- Tim Misny - The man that “Makes Them Pay!®”

“Please understand that the slogan, I’ll Make Them Pay!® is not a guarantee of payment. Both liability and real damages must be proven with preponderance of the evidence.” – Tim Misny

Wrong-Way Collisions

Wrong-way collisions are some of the deadliest car accidents on Ohio roads. According to a report compiled by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), wrong-way driving is defined as “vehicular movement along a travel lane in a direction opposing the legal flow of traffic on high-speed divided highways or access ramps.”

The data from the NTSB report focuses specifically on wrong-way travel on “controlled-access highways, including entrance and exit ramps.” While these collisions do not happen as often as other crash types, they are especially deadly. If you or someone you love sustained injuries in a wrong-way collision, you should know I have won more cases than any of the other Cleveland car accident lawyers. In my more than 40 year legal career, I have won thousands of injury cases resulting from car crashes – worth tens of millions of dollars to my clients, and I can help you with your claim.

Getting the Facts About Wrong-Way Crashes

 The NTSB cites the following information about these collisions:

  • May be up to 27 times deadlier than other kinds of motor vehicle accidents;

  • More than 20% of all wrong direction collisions are fatal, compared with under 1% of all other types of car accidents;

  • Majority of wrong-way crashes are head-on collisions that result in life-threatening or fatal injuries; and

  • 60% or more of wrong-way collisions are the result of drunk driving.

I want to make sure you obtain the compensation you deserve if a drunk driver or another negligent motorist caused your injuries.

Injuries From Serious Collisions

Wrong way driving collisions, often result from distracted driving or impaired judgment, can lead to a range of injuries for car accident victims. A car accident involving a wrong way driver can be incredibly devastating. Noted below are some injuries commonly associated with such incidents:


Whiplash is a commonly seen injury in wrong way collisions. Whiplash occurs when the neck and head snap back and forth suddenly due to an impact. This jolt can result in neck pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion.

Head Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can occur when car accident victims experience a direct blow to the head, such as when their head collides with their vehicle’s dashboard or steering wheel. Symptoms can vary from a mild concussion to a severe brain injury.

Spinal Cord Injuries

A wrong way collision can cause severe back injuries including injury to the spinal cord. A spinal cord injury can affect the victim’s mobility and sensation. Spinal cord injuries can range from herniated discs to complete paralysis.

Broken Bones

The force of a wrong way collision can cause bone fractures in the arms, legs, ribs, pelvis and head. These fractures may require surgical intervention and prolonged rehabilitation.

Internal Injuries

The forceful impact from a head on collision can result in internal injuries, including organ damage and hemorrhage. Sometime, these ‘invisible’ injuries are not immediately apparent or diagnosed, which can quickly lead to severe medical complications.

Cuts and Abrasions

Car accident victims may suffer cuts and abrasions from broken glass, sharp metal, or other debris within the vehicle following a collision. These injuries may occur in combination with other injuries such as broken bones, head trauma and internal injuries.


In rare cases, wrong way collisions can result in vehicle fires, leading to burn injuries. Burns can range from minor to severe, depending on the extent of the fire, and the victim’s proximity to it.

Psychological Trauma

Car accident victims may experience ongoing psychological trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and/or depression.

Seatbelt Injuries

While seatbelts save lives, they can also cause injuries. Seatbelts can cause bruising to the chest, or abdominal contusions, particularly in high-impact collisions.

Airbag Injuries

Deployed airbags often prevent more severe injuries, however they also may cause facial abrasions, burns, or fractures due to the force of the deployment.


In extreme cases, the force of a wrong way collision may not take a life, but it can cause traumatic amputations of extremities. As a result, the accident victim(s) suffers permanent disability and their lives are forever changed.


Sadly, wrong way collisions can result in fatalities for the negligent driver as well as the innocent victims and their families. Nothing can bring a family member back, but it is my job to ensure the negligent party is held accountable and you and your family are justly compensated.

Wrong way collisions often cause catastrophic injuries. Entire families are impacted. For more than 40 years, I’ve represented accident victims and their families. I’ve won thousands of car accident cases, and can help you obtain financial compensation. I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Awarded Damages

  1. Medical Expenses: Awarded damages cover the cost of medical treatment, including hospitalization, surgery, medication, therapy, and any ongoing medical care related to the accident.

  2. Property Damage: Damages cover the repair or replacement of the vehicle and any personal property that was damaged in the accident. This includes, mobile phones, computers, equipment or other personal belongings inside the car or trunk

  3. Lost Wages: This award compensates victims for lost income due to missed workdays, reduced work hours, or even job termination.

  4. Loss of Earning Capacity: Damages may be awarded if the accident resulted in long-term or permanent disability that limits one’s ability to earn a living. The award accounts for reduced future earning potential.

  5. Pain and Suffering: Damages are provided for the physical pain and emotional distress endured as a result of the accident and injuries. This is a subjective assessment and can vary greatly based on individual cases.

  6. Emotional Distress: Emotional distress is considered separate from pain and suffering. Damages may be awarded for emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting.

  7. Loss of Consortium: This financial award compensates victims for the loss of companionship and support of a spouse or other family member.

  8. Scarring and Disfigurement: Compensation is awarded for visible scars or permanent disfigurement resulting from the accident, as these can affect a person’s self-esteem and quality of life.

  9. Rehabilitation and Therapy: Damages may cover the cost of physical therapy, occupational therapy, or rehabilitation programs necessary to recover from injuries sustained in the accident.

  10. Home Modifications: If an accident resulted in a disability, it may be necessary to make modifications to the injured person’s home. The award would pay for ramps, wider doorways to accommodate a wheelchair, handicap-friendly bathroom renovation, and more.

  11. Transportation Costs: Damages may include reimbursement for transportation costs related to medical appointments and therapy sessions, especially if the injured person is unable to drive.

  12. Funeral and Burial Expenses: In the case of a fatal accident, damages may be awarded to cover funeral and burial costs, alleviating the financial burden on the family.

  13. Loss of Life Enjoyment: This award compensates injured victims if they are no longer able to enjoy or participate in activities and hobbies that were enjoyed prior to the accident.

  14. Punitive Damages: In cases of extreme negligence or intentional wrongdoing, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the at-fault party, and deter similar behavior in the future.

  15. Out-of-Pocket Expenses: This includes reimbursement for miscellaneous costs incurred as a result of the accident, such as prescription medications, medical supplies, or assistive devices.

  16. Future Medical Expenses: Damages can cover anticipated medical costs for ongoing treatment, surgery, or therapy due to accident-related injuries; even if they occur in the future.

  17. Loss of Use of Vehicle: If the injured person cannot use their vehicle because of repairs or replacement, they may be compensated for the inconvenience and added expenses of alternative transportation.

Cleveland Car Accident FAQs

What should I do immediately after a car crash?

After a car crash, prioritize safety. Check for injuries and call 911 if necessary. Move to a safe location if possible. Exchange information with the other driver(s), and document the scene with photos. Contact the police, your insurance company and call me! Never settle with an insurance company without legal representation!

How can I determine who was at fault in a car accident?

Fault determination depends on various factors, including witness statements, police reports, and evidence at the scene. Insurance companies and legal professionals may assist in determining fault based on these factors. My team of experts will gather the facts and evidence to substantiate the claim.

What is considered driver error in the context of a car accident?

Driver error includes actions such as speeding, reckless driving, running red lights, texting while driving, and other behaviors that breach traffic laws or exhibit negligence behind the wheel.

What should I do if I encounter a wrong way driver?

Safely pull over to the side of the road, honk your horn to alert the wrong way driver, and call 911 to report the situation. Avoid trying to confront or evade the wrong way driver.

What steps should I take if I suspect a negligent driver caused the accident?

Document the scene, gather witness information, and report the accident to the police. Inform your insurance company and call me. I will help you through the process, and obtain the information you need for a successful case.

How can I avoid accidents with wrong way drivers?

Stay alert, obey traffic signs and signals, and avoid distractions while driving. Be cautious at intersections and highway ramps, where wrong way drivers are more likely to enter.

What information should I exchange with the other driver(s) after a car accident?

Exchange names, contact information, insurance details, and vehicle information with the other driver(s). It’s also helpful to note the accident location and gather witness information.

How does my insurance company determine fault in a car accident?

Insurance companies rely on police reports, witness statements, photos, and other evidence to assess fault. They may also consider state traffic laws and their own policies.

How can I protect my legal rights and interests following a car accident?

Seek medical attention if injured, document the scene, contact the police, report the accident to your insurance company and call me. I’ll work out the details of your case.

What is the process for filing a claim with my insurance company after a car accident?

Contact your insurance company to report the accident, provide requested information, and cooperate with their investigation. They will guide you through the claims process, but do so under the watchful eye of an attorney.

How can I obtain a copy of the police report?

You can typically request a copy of the police report from the law enforcement agency that responded to the accident. There may be a nominal fee for obtaining the report.

How can I ensure I receive fair compensation from the insurance company for my car accident injuries and damages?

This is the most important reason to call me. Insurance companies big business, and are more concerned with profits than making fair payments. I’ll be there to deal with the insurance companies. Needless to say, insurance companies do not like to hear my voice on the other end of the line. Call me today, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Timeline for Filing a Wrong-Way Collision Claim in Cleveland

If you want to file a wrong-way car accident case, you need to be aware of the statute of limitations. In Ohio, the statute of limitations sets a time window in which a plaintiff must file a lawsuit. I know it is extremely difficult to think about a lawsuit when you are contending with medical issues or grieving the death of a loved one. However, if you do not file your claim within the window set by the statute of limitations, your claim will become time-barred.

The statutes of limitations differs slightly for personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Under Ohio’s personal injury statute of limitations, a lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date of the accident. The Ohio wrongful death statute of limitations is also two years, but the clock starts ticking on the date of death (as opposed to the date of the accident).

Contact Me for More Information About Filing a Wrong-Way Car Accident Claim

I have spent my life representing injury victims in a wide variety of car accident cases. As an experienced Cleveland car accident lawyer, I know how devastating wrong-way collisions can be.

No one should suffer the consequences of a negligent driver. If a negligent motorist caused a wrong-way accident in which you sustained severe injuries or lost a loved one, let me help you seek the financial compensation you need and deserve.

When it comes to holding reckless drivers accountable, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Do not hesitate to call me to discuss your legal options. Remember, you will not pay 1 cent out of pocket for anything involving your claim. I only get paid when you do!


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Jennifer Malainy
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My favorite lawyer. Truly one of the kindest, smartest, and most genuine humans I have ever met. There is only one TIM... MISNY and he will make them pay!! God Bless.read more
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I spoke to Amy and Christine about a possible personal injury case involving my father and they were both helpful,... professional, knowledgeable and responsive. Although they could not help us with our case, I would highly recommend them!read more
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20:12 21 Jan 22
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14:33 06 Dec 21
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Damon Mitchell Sr .1st. (The Old-Man !!! Pop's !!!)
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Gianna Colucci
12:56 04 Nov 21
Mr. Misny is the best! I am a 27-year-old single mother, and I am finishing law school in May at Cleveland-Marshall... College of Law. When I found myself jobless during the height of the pandemic, I knew I needed help. Going into the legal profession, I wanted to be JUST LIKE Mr. Misny because I knew he was the most successful attorney in the industry. I called him up one day just for the hell of it to see if there was anyway he could help me. I never thought such a big name/reputation like him would respond to me. However, when he learned of my financial situation he PERSONALLY called my cell phone within 5 minutes of my email. Not only has he helped me secure employment, but he continues to teach me every single day what it takes to be the BEST lawyer in the legal profession. I am forever thankful for Mr. Misny. He changed my life. He continues to inspire me every single day, and I am so proud that he took me under his wing and is my mentor. He is the most intelligent, kindest, caring attorney I have ever met, and he is giving me the tools I need to be the most successful lawyer I can be o give my four-year-old son, Gregory, the life he deserves. THANK YOU MR. TIM MISNY. I owe my entire future legal career to you because if you didn't take the time out of your busy day to call me that day and help me when no one else would, I would not have been able to stay in law school. You change lives every single day. Keep being you Tim. There is no one like Tim Misny.read more
Brandon Hagerdon
Brandon Hagerdon
20:53 18 May 21
I met Tim 6 years ago when he was working with my mother. Since then we were able to stay in touch and build a... relationship. I reached out to Tim recently about an opportunity and he was able to connect the dots and help me with this. During this process he gave me his direct number to contact him if need be. If you are in need of any sort of help, I would recommend Tim every time.read more
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Jimmie Graham
19:26 30 Mar 21
Tim is hands down the best lawyer in town. He was able to guide me through the legal process and keep me informed at... all stages. Which allowed me to not stress and focus on life. He was able to get me the best deal possible in my court case. One thing that blew me away is that he gave me his direct cell number and answered anytime I had a question which is rare with most lawyers. 100% Misny is the guy! There's a reason he's on literally every billboard in Cleveland.read more
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Paul McFadden
13:29 20 Jan 21
My relationship with Tim goes back over 30 years and is one of great trust and mutual respect. Tim represented me at a... critical point in my life and I will always be indebted to him for the difference he made. He is always just a phone call away.read more
Rick Miller
Rick Miller
18:55 21 Dec 20
If I could reach into the sky just to pull more than 5 stars down for a rating I would! I have used other lawyers in... the past and it was such a pain to reach them when I needed them. Tim is in all honesty there for you. He gave me his personal phone number, and at anytime or any day he answered. If I had to leave a message I could count to 10 and he would already be calling me back. He also was willing to talk on the weekends! He didn’t just forward me to an impersonal automated system or a person with no experience. I will NEVER use another person for legal advice. He’s gracious enough to give me guidance whenever I have a question. No matter how complex. This may sound like an advertisement but I assure you this man was more in touch when I had an issue than my own family. A reasonable and caring family man who will MAKE THEM PAY!Thank you Timread more
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PJ Camargo/Authentik Movement Training
01:51 22 Oct 20
I've had the pleasure of getting to know Tim personally over the past 2 years. Beyond him being an incredible lawyer &... 'Jack of all trades ' he is an amazing friend. One thing I love most is that he is family oriented & always making quality time for his loved ones. He inspires me to be a great role model &father figure one day. Tim loves nature & shares the true beauty of nature with how he raises his kids. From biking through trails & having his kids learn how to nurture the family garden - he teaches valuable lessons on how to appreciate the world we live in. I know that Tim is just a phone call away & always urgent to responding no matter the situation. He has given me some of the greatest advice & continously throwing positive energy my way! I'm honored to know him & be a friend of his. He is the true practioneer of changing lives & paying it forward. He has taught me so much in just a short amount of time. Tim Misny, a man that wakes up every single day to make a difference!read more
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Scott Plate
16:49 10 Oct 20
Tim has created a highly visible and effective law practice, and despite his decades of experience, he has never once... forgotten why he got into this business in the first place: to help people. He puts his whole heart into his work, and he works hard for everyone he represents. He has a gift for tuning out the noise and tuning into the core of what his clients need, and making it clear he has heard them. As a result, we feel empowered. He is smart, resourceful, creative, positive, and solution-oriented. His abundant energy makes people feel better, stronger, and valued. He loves and promotes his community; he gives back generously, and he always leaves everything better than he found it. Tim is a true man of action, and a man of his word. Could not recommend him more highly.read more
Mike M
Mike M
04:44 09 Oct 20
As a young man, I worked at a local garden center. I came from a family that had too many problems to list. I felt I... was never destined to be anything good. I had always wanted to be a police officer since I was a little boy. But, one side of my family told me that I would never be good enough to do it. Anytime I brought it up, they knocked me down until I started to believe that I could never accomplish my dream. One day, about 20 years ago, while working at that garden center, a very tall man came in and asked me to help him select plants. As we walked around the garden center, he struck up a conversation with me. He was very friendly and kind. I was a skinny teenager in dirty blue jeans and a t shirt. This man was dressed very nicely and I was surprised at how nice he was to me. During our conversation, he asked me what I wanted to do with my life after school. I told him that I wanted to be a police officer but many people told me that I’d never make it. I told him how my very own father said I wasn’t smart enough, brave enough, and I was wasting my time. I remember looking at the ground while I explained this to him. The man stopped and got serious. His voice dropped an octave and he looked me dead in the eyes. He pointed his finger at me and told me that I could make anything of my life that I wanted. He told me that it was up to ME to make my life goals come true. He told me to ignore anybody who tells me otherwise. He assured me that if I studied hard in school and never gave up on my dreams that they would become a reality. He told me to say it. I said “I can do it”. In that moment, I thought that if a complete stranger saw something in me, than maybe it could be true.After I helped him through the checkout and he left, many different employees at the garden center asked me if I knew who that man was. I did not. They told me, “That’s Tim Misny!” Once I figured out “who” Tim Misny was, my confidence grew. It was a pivotal moment. One in which steered the rest of my life. His words stuck with me. I worked hard and obtained my Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. I was hired by a local Law Enforcement Agency at the age of 21. I was sent to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, which was an extremely tough place to be, to say the least. At the Academy, they try to break those who don’t have a determined spirit. On days I wanted to quit, I remembered Tim’s words. Maybe it was fate, maybe it was random chance.... I’ll never know But, Tim Misny helped me have the confidence and determination that was necessary to be where I’m at today. I’ve been a law enforcement officer for over 16 years. I’ve told this story to many of my coworkers.Tim, you’ll never understand how your words that spring day helped shape my future. Your words enabled me to provide a great life for myself and my family. I’m forever grateful.Mikeread more
Eric Evans
Eric Evans
21:02 04 Oct 20
Tim has represented me twice, once 30 years ago and again just recently. I was too young to fully appreciate his... expertise when he represented me the first time (as i was a minor who was the victim of an accident - he won for us, incidentally), but I'm old enough and wise enough now to really appreciate how truly great he is. First off, how many attorney's actually give you their cell phone number and actually answer? I would contend very, very few. Secondly, he has a street fighter mentality combined with a sharp legal intellect which makes you immediately think "I'm so glad this guy is on my side." I was really in a bind recently and Tim came through in spades - he is THE person I would call if I were in trouble or needed help - at a minimum he would know who I should talk to and direct me there (he knows his own limits, which is the key to a wise person) - at a maximum he would take on my fight himself and I'd have full confidence in his ability to deliver the best possible outcome for me - he fights for you like you're family - can't say it better than that.read more
Benjamin Firstenberg
Benjamin Firstenberg
19:32 28 Sep 20
I worked as an intern for Tim the summer of 2017 and it was an unbelievable experience both for my career and personal... development. He treats his employees with a level of respect, appreciation and honesty that I've truly not seen anywhere else that I've worked. We've stayed in touch these past few years and I'm still learning from Tim, whether it be the way he sees the world, his career advice or his commitment to his family. He's an honest man who treats people honorably.read more
David Shelton
David Shelton
01:13 30 Jun 20
I don't know much about Tim the lawyer, but I do know about Tim the man. Tim the man befriended me as a youth and gave... me the motivation to excel in school. Tim the man wrote the letter that got me into college and got me a helpful scholarship. Tim the man gave me an internship while in college. Tim the man has been a friend to me for over ten years. He makes himself available day or night whether I need advice or just want to talk about the day. There a lot of stigmas about attorneys (and they are earned) but Tim Misny bucks the stereotype. And if Tim the lawyer is half a good as Tim the man, he will live up to his word, and make them pay.read more
Mike Mercer
Mike Mercer
00:16 17 Jan 20
WOW! It is the only way to describe the tremendous experience I was afforded, when I contacted and then retained Tim... Misny, to handle a case for me. I had been injured in an automobile accident and needed help and direction, Tim and his staff provided both.The personal attention and clarity of the matter and specifics, gave me a state of comfort and satisfaction that I could have found nowhere else! I will be forever grateful to have Tim Misny as my attorney and my friend!I am a businessman in the Greater Cleveland area and have directed various members of my staffs as well as personal friends to Tim for solutions to their personal injury case needs. All my referrals have been more than pleased with the service and personal treatment they have received from Tim and his staff.I strongly recommend Tim Misny and his associates should you ever need the finest legal services available in Ohio! Trust is his number one priority, trust in knowing that you will be his client second, his friend first!read more
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