Common Causes of Wrong Way Accidents
Wrong-way accidents don’t happen frequently but that’s not to say they don’t happen.
Simply defined, a wrong-way accident is a collision that occurs when driver who is traveling in the opposite direction on a freeway or highway, strikes a vehicle that is traveling in the right direction.
Statistics show that this type of collision may only account for about 3 percent of motor vehicle accidents that happen each year, but they’re more likely to result in a fatality than any other type of motor vehicle accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that the fatality rate is between 12 and 27 percent higher for a wrong-way accident than other types of collisions.
If the head-on collision does not result in a fatality, it’s very likely to result in significant injury to the drivers and/or passengers. Some of the most common injuries include spinal cord injuries, whiplash, head injuries, brain injuries, rib injuries and even paralysis.
Common causes of a wrong way accident
The most frequent cause of this type of collision relates to driver error. In most cases, the driver is found to have entered a highway using an exit ramp as opposed to an entry ramp.
And while the reasons for this type of mistake can vary greatly, the most common causes include:
- Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
- Drivers who are impaired as a result of prescription medication
- Drives who are distracted
- Lack of sleep
- Poor sign placement
- Lack of signage
- Poor visibility
- Ramps that are poorly marked
- Drivers who are unfamiliar with local roadways
Statistics show that the most common cause relates to intoxication or impairment; the NTSB estimates that 50-75 percent of all wrong-way collisions are from driving error that’s tied to intoxication or impairment.
Personal injury attorney for wrong way accident claims
If you or someone you care for has been injured in an accident that involved a wrong way driver, you’ll want to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Although there are a number of Naples Law firms that handle this type of case, you’ll want to make sure you’re working with an attorney who has a proven track record in helping personal injury clients get the compensation they deserve.
Remember, you should never accept a settlement offer without consulting with an attorney.
For more information or to schedule a personal injury claim consultation, call our office today at 236-649-8050.