Over the past few years, there have been hundreds of car crashes caused by drivers driving on the wrong side of the road or going the wrong way in the interstate. The horrific crash several months ago when police chased a car the wrong way on Interstate 95 and four people died was a terrible reminder of the danger these accidents pose. Another high-profile wrong-way accident took place on the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York last month, killing one and making national news. The driver in that accident apparently was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
A wrong-way accident leads to serious injury and fatalities because of the high rate of speed and frontal impact. If you have been involved in a wrong-way collision, or any other vehicle accident, the experiences Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano can help you get compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
A wrong-way accident happens when a driver travels in the on-coming traffic lane. These accidents usually involve head-on collisions or offset-frontal impacts when drivers swerve to avoid the wrong-way driver. However, since the drivers are traveling at each other at an extremely high rate of speed, avoiding the other vehicle is very difficult. These accidents lead to very serious injuries and fatalities are far too common.
Wrong-way accidents often involve a confused driver who entered the roadway on the wrong side because of confusing or missing traffic signs that warn drivers not to enter. Frequently, the roadways are under construction and the road has been shifted to accommodate the work being done. In this situation, drivers may be so familiar with the routine that they pay no attention to the altered route. Temporary signs alerting vehicles to the danger may not have used or were not utilized effectively.
Drunk or otherwise impaired drivers cause many wrong-way accidents. An intoxicated individual may be so disoriented that he does not realize that he is traveling in the wrong direction until it is too late. This is further exacerbated by the driver’s diminished reaction time.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately forty-five percent (45%) of passenger car fatalities die as a result of a frontal collisions. Wrong-way collisions became more common after the interstate highway system was created. According to the Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) maintained by NHTSA, an average of 350 people are killed every year as a result of wrong-way accidents. Most wrong-way accidents occur during the night, when there are more drunk drivers on the road and the darkness contributes to the confusion experienced by some drivers who enter the road in the wrong lane.
According to an article in the Sun Sentinel, there were 368 wrong-way crashes in Florida in the five-year period between 2006 and 2010. Although this is a fraction of the 1.2 million accidents that occurred in that same time period, it does not make the statistic any less sobering. There are safety measures on Florida roadways, including “wrong way” signs and reflective pavement markers that appear red instead of white when a driver is traveling in the wrong directions. However, wrong-way accidents continue to happen and lead to severe injury and death on South Florida’s roadways.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a wrong-way accident and suffered serious harm, the experienced Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are ready to fight for the money that you need to get the best possible medical treatment and compensate for your pain and suffering. Frontal impact collisions result in horrific injuries. We work with leading medical and financial experts who can make a jury understand how drastically this accident has changed your life and impacted your family.
Our personal injury attorneys have been successfully litigating car accident cases in Miami and the greater area of South Florida for more than twenty years. Please call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or contact us through our website to schedule a free consultation where we can discuss your case and present your legal options.