We have all heard stories about collisions involving motorists driving towards oncoming traffic in the wrong lane. Wrong-way car accidents occur when a car driving in an inappropriate direction strikes another vehicle. Typically, wrong-way car accidents result in head-on collisions. These car crashes occur more often than most people would think and usually bring about devastating injuries and deaths. In a recent 8-year period, nearly 3,900 fatal injuries were caused by wrong-way crashes.
Common Causes Of Wrong-Way Collisions
Drivers who are unfamiliar with a particular area are generally more likely to drive on the wrong side of the road mistakenly. This type of accident also has a higher probability of occurring over the weekend and at night. Some other frequent causes of wrong-way accidents include:
- Driving during poor visibility conditions, such as thick fog, pouring rain, blinding sunlight, or heavy snowfall;
- Driving while fatigued or sleep deprived;
- Defective vehicles or components, in particular, faulty tires and steering systems, could cause a car to veer into oncoming traffic;
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol, the risk of driving the wrong way increases alongside the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC);
- Driving while high on recreational or prescription drugs;
- Distracted driving, like texting, looking at social media, or putting on makeup;
- Misplaced or missing traffic signs and signals;
- Dangerous roadways that cause drivers to swerve to avoid striking potholes or debris;
- Lack of driving experience; and
- Confusion in construction zones.
Most wrong-way car accidents could be easily prevented if not for the wrong-way driver’s inadequate attention or lack of caution. Motorists traveling in the appropriate direction are often surprised and unprepared to react quickly enough to protect themselves.
How To Avoid Wrong-Way Crashes
Although some of the essential rules for drivers are always obeying traffic laws and driving safely, it may still not be enough to protect yourself against negligent motorists. Suppose that you are driving and see a vehicle speeding directly towards you. In that case, it is vital to take the following preventative measures:
- Move to the Right: Even if there is no road shoulder, try to get over as far to the right as possible;
- Avoid swerving: Try not to enter into other lanes, especially when there is traffic around you;
- Slow Down: when a wrong-way motorist is approaching, take your foot off the gas;
- Never Slam on Your Brakes: Avoiding reaching a complete stop and becoming a sitting duck in the path of the wrong-way driver; and
- Get the Wrong-Way Driver’s Attention: Honking your horn and flashing your headlights could be enough to raise the motorist’s awareness.
You Deserve The Finest Wrong-Way Car Accident Attorney
Even if you take every possible precaution, avoiding a car speeding toward you in the wrong lane may be impossible. Unfortunately, being the victim of a head-on collision can have catastrophic, life-changing consequences. These accidents often entail lengthy hospital stays, prolonged time off from work, brutal pain and suffering, excessive property damage, and considerable medical expenses. Jed Dietrich, Esq., celebrated as a Best Attorney of America, has the expertise and reputation necessary to negotiate the best possible outcome. Join our thousands of satisfied clients, including a 36-year-old woman who received a $2,750,000 settlement after her car was struck head-on by a dump truck, that our battle-tested attorneys have helped to get the highest possible compensation. Please call us at 716-839-3939 for your free, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation.