In September, a wrong way crash on Interstate 95 killed two sisters from Broward County. Now, the driver is being charged with DUI manslaughter and driving without a license causing death. The accident killed 23 and 24 year old sisters from Pompano Beach who were driving home from Walt Disney World. Authorities report that the driver headed north on southbound I-95, colliding with the sisters’ car. Records show the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
The South Florida car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, and Urbano are aware of several major wrong way accidents that have occurred in the South Florida area in recent months. We hope that this alarming trend does not continue and support the use of innovative measures to prevent wrong way accidents, such as wrong way signs triggered by wrong way vehicles and poles to block wrong way cars.
The Causes of Wrong Way Accidents
Wrong way accidents can be caused by a number of factors, but one of the primary causes is intoxication. Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol may have impaired vision, become confused or disoriented, and lack appropriate reflexes. This can cause them to enter a roadway traveling in the wrong direction. Whenever a wrong way crash occurs, investigators and your car accident attorney should thoroughly investigate the crash for evidence that drugs or alcohol was involved.
Other common causes of wrong way accidents include poor lighting and inadequate signage, road construction that detours or interrupts traffic, obscured signs, and more. People who are unfamiliar with the area can accidently enter roadways traveling in the wrong direction, as can distracted drivers. Drivers on their cell phones or texting may take their eyes off the road long enough to make a turn going the wrong way down a one way or onto an exit ramp. At times it is several of these factors combined that results in the accident.
If you have been injured in a wrong way crash, you may have the right to recover from the at-fault driver involved in the accident. It is important that you contact a licensed car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney will assist in investigations into the accident and will protect your legal rights from the start.
Wrong way accidents frequently result in catastrophic injuries, including head injuries, spinal cord damage, multiple broken bones, paralysis, internal organ damage, and much more. Those injured in a wrong way crash deserve to receive compensation that will adequately cover medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, long term disability and ongoing medical expenses, and much more. Protect your future by consulting with an automobile accident attorney as soon as possible after your serious accident.
Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano: Experienced Miami Automobile Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, the Miami Automobile Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano offer the assistance you need to obtain the results you desire. With over 130 collective years of experience representing traffic accident victims across South Florida, our firm provides legal representation of unmatched excellence. Contact our firm as soon as possible to start on the road to protecting your legal rights. Our firm received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and was ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald. Put our exceptional car accident attorneys to work on your case. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.