A late-night collision involving a wrong-way driver on I-90 in Cleveland has left four people injured, two of them seriously. The motor vehicle crash occurred at approximately 11:40 p.m. last Saturday night on I-90 near East 185th Street and East 152nd Street.
A wrong-way driver headed westbound in the eastbound lanes when it hit another vehicle head-on. EMS paramedics responded to the accident within six minutes. Two women were trapped inside their car after the accident, according to EMS.
One 30-year-old woman is in critical condition, while a 37-year-old woman remains in serious condition. Two other women involved in the crash are in stable condition. All parties were transported to University Hospital.
While there is no explanation yet on why the driver was driving the wrong way on the highway, the 31-year-old driver is a named suspect in the ongoing investigation.
Fewer cars on the road in Ohio, more fatalities
Data released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) indicates that in 2020, the number of car crashes dropped by 14% over 2019, but the number of car accidents fatalities rose by 6%. This was in spite of the increase in telecommuting and fewer motor vehicles on the road in general.
In April of last year, the number of cars on the road was halved due to widespread lockdowns and people working from home, and there were 20% fewer trucks out as well. By December, there were more trucks on the road than in 2019, but still far fewer cars.
According to OSHP, alcohol was a contributing factor in 32% of fatal crashes in 2020, and there was also a 10% rise in distracted driving violations. Experts indicate that both drunken and distracted driving contribute to the severity of car accidents.
Negligence in Ohio
When a car accident has been caused by another driver’s distracted or drunken driving, Ohio laws follow contributory negligence in assessing liability. When the injured party files a claim, the degree of responsibility that that party shared in causing the accident proportionately reduces the amount of compensation they can receive.
Dealing with insurance companies, medical care and property damages after a car accident can be exhausting and frustrating. It can help to have a trusted and experienced personal injury team to help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve for you claim, while giving you and your family the support that you will need.