Wrong-way collisions are some of the deadliest types of 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 kinds of collisions do not happen as often as other types of crashes, they are especially deadly. If you or someone you love sustained injuries in a wrong-way collision, you should know that I am an experienced Ohio car accident lawyer and can help with your claim.
Getting the Facts About Wrong-Way Crashes
The NTSB cites the following information about wrong-way collisions:
- May be up to 27 times deadlier than other kinds of motor vehicle accidents;
- More than 20% of all wrong-way 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 get the compensation you deserve when a drunk driver or another negligent motorist causes a crash.
Timeline for Filing a Wrong-Way Collision Claim in Cleveland
If you need 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. Since so many wrong-way collisions result in debilitating and fatal injuries, it can be difficult to think about filing a lawsuit when you are contending with medical issues and, in many situations, 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 are slightly different 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 years 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.
Nobody should have to suffer the consequences of another motorist’s decision to get behind the wheel of a car after having too much alcohol. If a drunk driver or another 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 my office at 877.944.4373 to discuss your options for filing a claim.