Aug 15th, 2019
Paulozzi Joseph

When you are on the roadway, whether in your personal vehicle of using public transportation, you do not usually expect that you will get hurt. However, you cannot predict the actions and behaviors of other drivers. At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, we know that the careless and negligent actions of other drivers can cause serious harm, and we want to help secure the compensation you need after a crash. Today, our Cleveland bus crash attorneys want to discuss a recent RTA crash that left several people wounded.

What happened in this case?

We have learned that the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash involving an RTA bus in Cleveland. The crash happened at approximately 10:30 PM on August 17 at the intersection of East 30th Street and Woodland Avenue.

Initial reports that we have seen say that an RTA bus was going through the green light when it was hit by an SUV that did not have the right-of-way and likely ran the red light. Cleveland EMS says that it took 11 passengers from the bus, along with the driver, to area hospitals to be treated for their injuries.

Police say that they suspect alcohol is a factor in this crash.

Alcohol is a major contributor to vehicle accidents in Ohio

When we look at the reporting year 2017 of data available for Ohio, we can see that there was a total of 303,298 vehicle crashes. Out of those, there were:

  • 1,179 fatalities
  • More than 75,000 injury crashes

Looking more closely at the data, we can see that drunk driving is a major problem on our roadways. During that same year of data, there were nearly 12,000 alcohol-related crashes. Out of those, there were:

  • 314 deaths
  • 6,866 injuries

Alcohol was responsible for 26.6% of the total traffic fatalities during that year and a total of 6.2% of the crash injuries.

Alcohol-impaired drivers can cause serious injuries in a crash. It is not uncommon for us to see the following after an alcohol-impaired crash:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Dismemberment or amputation
  • Other injuries that inhibit a person’s daily activities
  • Significant disfigurement
  • Loss of or damage to a bodily organ

Let us get to work on your case today

We know that the aftermath of a crash can be scary and confusing. However, if you have been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of another person, you can count on the team at Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers to be by your side. We will work to investigate all aspects of your crash so we can secure the compensation you truly deserve. This can include:

  • Your medical expenses related to the crash
  • Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Punitive damages against those responsible (the driver, agency, etc.)

When you need a Cleveland bus accident lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by calling at 888-710-0040.

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