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Cleveland Car Accidents: Protecting Yourself After A Crash

Cleveland’s bustling streets and busy highways keep the city moving. But with traffic comes the risk of accidents. Interstate 80 cuts through the heart of Cleveland, and navigating the junctions of I-271, I-480 and I-490 can be tricky. Even familiar roads like Kinsman Road or Harvard Avenue can become accident hotspots.

Here at Bentoff & Duber Co., L.P.A., our attorneys understand the physical, emotional and financial stress car accidents can cause. With decades of experience, we’ve helped countless Cleveland residents navigate the aftermath of car accidents and secure the compensation they deserve.

Cleveland’s Most Dangerous Intersections

While accidents can happen anywhere, certain intersections in Cleveland see a higher number of crashes. Here are a few to be aware of:

  • Kinsman Road at East 93rd Street: This intersection saw 55 crashes in 2020, resulting in one severe and six minor injuries.
  • Harvard Avenue at Lee Road: With 54 crashes in 2020, this intersection had three serious injuries and five minor injuries.
  • Kinsman Road at East 55th Street and Woodland Avenue: This busy intersection had 53 crashes in 2020, with one serious injury and four minor injuries.

While these are not the only hazardous intersections in Cleveland, it is essential to be aware of the potential dangers here and in other areas around the city.

Heavy Traffic Areas In Cleveland

Cleveland’s major employers and attractions can also contribute to traffic congestion and the risk of accidents. Be extra cautious around:

  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport: Airport traffic can cause sudden stops and lane changes.
  • Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University: Busy student areas often have a high volume of pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Cleveland Clinic and other major hospitals: Emergency vehicles and patient drop-offs can create unpredictable traffic patterns.
  • Deloitte and Amazon facilities: Large delivery trucks entering and exiting these areas can pose a hazard.

Congestion often means drivers are trying to pay attention to many things at the same time. These distractions can lead to accidents. When you are driving in heavy traffic, try to be aware of your surroundings and reduce any distractions in your vehicle.

What To Do After A Cleveland Car Accident

If you’re involved in a car accident in Cleveland, here are the key steps to take:

  • Stay calm and check for injuries: Ensure everyone involved is safe and call 911 if necessary.
  • Document the scene: Take pictures of the damage to your vehicles, any visible injuries and the surrounding area.
  • Exchange information: Get all involved drivers’ names, contact details and insurance information.
  • File a police report: A police report is crucial for insurance claims.
  • Seek medical attention: Even if you feel okay, get checked out by a doctor to rule out any underlying injuries.
  • Contact an attorney: Our experienced car accident and personal injury lawyers at Bentoff & Duber Co., L.P.A., can advise you on your legal rights and help you navigate the claims process.

The time after an accident can feel surreal and hectic. Prioritizing your health and safety is essential before trying to accomplish any other post-accident tasks. Our team can give you the support you need after an accident.

Don’t Wait To Get Started

Don’t go through the aftermath of a car accident alone. Our attorneys at Bentoff & Duber Co., L.P.A., offer free consultations to discuss your case and answer your questions. Call us today at 216-861-1234 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We serve clients throughout Cleveland with a by-appointment office in Beachwood.