Winter in Cleveland never seems to want to end.
Last week the region was hit by a late-spring cold front that left roads coated in a layer of black ice.
Black ice is so named because of how easily it goes unnoticed and how quickly it can send an otherwise steady vehicle spinning.
More than one multi-car pile up was reported in Cleveland and its surrounding suburbs, with dozens of drivers blissfully unaware of the hazard until it was too late.
“My daughter was coming over the bridge, there was a car like this, sideways, and she veered into it, and multiple cars came over and just ran into it,” said Kerry Anderson, whose daughter was in an 11-car crash on 152nd street.
All the traffic incidents have created an abundance of work for clean up crews and tow trucks. However, for those that work in the industry, none of it seems too surprising.
“One person’s going to lose it, overcorrect, they’re going to lose it, and then you’re going to have a chain reaction to that and that’s what I witnessed this morning,” said Jerry Bowman, operations manager at Kufner Towing.
The injured have rights
Suffering a serious injury in a car accident can turn your life upside down. In addition to physical pain and suffering, you may have lost your job and acquired significant medical debt. The burden on both you and your family can be tremendous.
Thankfully, victims have rights. Under Ohio law, those injured because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another party can file a lawsuit in a court of law. A successful suit may result in a significant financial award.
Cleveland residents shouldn’t hesitate to get started. Ohio imposes a two-year statute of limitations on all personal cases. Failing to act promptly could mean forfeiting the right to legal recourse.