Cleveland, OH – James Hess Dies in Crash with Semi-Truck on I-480

Cleveland, OH - James Hess Dies in Crash with Semi-Truck on I-480

Cleveland, OH (October 26, 2021) – A Garfield Heights man was killed following a two-vehicle collision in Cleveland on Thursday, October 21. 

The fatal crash occurred on Interstate 480 near the Valley View Bridge. Local reports revealed that the accident took place at around 2 p.m. that afternoon. A Honda Civic driven by 65-year-old James Hess was traveling westbound on the highway. 

The vehicle spun out and was hit by an oncoming semi-truck. This caused the Honda to crash into a concrete barrier. Hess suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported. 

An ongoing accident investigation is being managed by local law enforcement officials. 

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of James Hess at this time.

Fatal 18-Wheeler Accidents in Ohio

Approximately 500,000 trucking accidents are reported each year. Thousands of people have died as a result of these accidents. A tractor-trailer or semi-truck collision kills or badly injures someone every 15 seconds. The majority of fatal trucking accidents involve those traveling in passenger cars. Almost a fifth of fatal 18-wheeler accidents include drivers who received a speeding ticket before the crash.

When a loved one’s life is brutally cut short because of someone else’s recklessness, family members grieve tremendously. Healing may be a challenging task for those left to pick up the pieces. People are grieving for a number of reasons, and the last thing on their minds is usually a lawsuit.

A wrongful death case may be able to assist your family in pursuing financial compensation as a result of your tragic loss. You can increase your chances of winning your case by speaking with an experienced Cleveland car accident lawyer.

We at Joseph Law Group go to great lengths to ensure that our clients obtain the most amount of compensation possible following the death of a loved one. Our legal team has a track record of achieving excellent outcomes for our clients.

18-Wheeler Accident Attorneys in Cleveland

Our Cleveland wrongful death lawyers can help you and your family get through this tough time by providing you with peace of mind and ensuring that the person or entity responsible is held accountable. The filing of a claim against the at-fault party or their insurance company is the initial step in the recovery process.

If you have lost a loved one in a terrible accident, call an Ohio catastrophic injury lawyer at 216-522-1600.

Note: Our writers use outside sources when writing these posts.  These outside sources include but are not limited to news outlet reports, local and state police accident reports, social media posts, eyewitness accounts, and other sources about accidents that take place in and around the Greater Cleveland area. We do not independently verify the facts surrounding this injury accident. If there is something inaccurate in our story, please notify us immediately so that we can correct the post as soon as possible. We will remove a story if requested. 

Disclaimer: Our team of attorneys at Joseph Law Group has been helping injured victims and their families throughout the state of Ohio for decades. We hope that these posts will be a reminder to our community members to use an abundance of caution when operating a motor vehicle to avoid and prevent being involved in a serious accident that results in injury. This is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post is intended to be medical or legal advice. The photo used in this post was not taken at the accident scene.


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