Dangers of Wrong-Way Accidents

May 14, 2020

Few situations are as scary as driving down a road and finding another motorist driving the wrong way, heading straight towards you. If you are lucky, you can avoid a wrong-way collision. However, sometimes it is unavoidable, and wrong-way accidents often result in injuries and fatalities. If a truck is one of the vehicles, severe injuries are even more likely. Most wrong-way accidents involve head-on collisions, so wrong-way truck accidents are especially dangerous.

Wrong-way accidents primarily take place on exit ramps. When these accidents occur on roadways or highways, the collision likely takes place in the lane nearest the median. While wrong-way accidents occur less often than other types of crashes, it is rare that a victim emerges unscathed.

What Causes Wrong-Way Accidents?

Wrong-way accidents are often caused by those driving under the influence. However, motorists over 70 years old are high offenders. Vision problems or cognitive issues can contribute to older drivers entering a roadway in the wrong direction. It is also important to note that the number of elderly drivers on the road is expected to increase since the baby boomer generation is reaching their senior years. At the midpoint of this decade, 20 percent of drivers will be 65 years old or older.

Many drivers end up going the wrong way due to distracted driving. For example, if someone is using a cellphone, it is easy to become distracted and enter the wrong direction on a highway, especially if the person is not familiar with the location.

Drivers are not solely responsible for wrong-way accidents. Sometimes, lack of road signs, poor lighting, or design flaws may cause a higher percentage of wrong-way driving in a certain area.

If the government is in charge of a road that has overgrown foliage over signs or fails to maintain the road, government entities may be liable. The jurisdiction that governs the roadway must take action to prevent an accident. It is imperative that exit ramps have signs that clearly state that drivers are going the wrong way.

Not surprisingly, most wrong-way accidents occur at night. These accidents also increase on weekends, which may correlate with drivers going out and drinking before getting behind the wheel.

Inclement weather, especially heavy fog, also plays a role in wrong-way accidents.

What Are Some Wrong-Way Accident Injuries?

Wrong-way accident victims usually suffer serious or catastrophic injuries. Common wrong-way accident injuries include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Burns
  • Disfigurement
  • Internal organ damage
  • Loss of limbs
  • Loss of vision
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Injuries often result in costly medical treatment, especially serious injuries. For this reason, it is beneficial to contact an experienced lawyer who will help you obtain compensation.

Virginia Beach Truck Accident Lawyers Help Those Injured in Wrong-Way Accidents

If you were injured in a truck accident that was caused by a driver going the wrong way, contact one of our dedicated Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers today. At East Coast Trial Lawyers, we will help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call us at 757-352-2237 for a free consultation. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we serve clients in Chesapeake, Eastern Shores, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, Virginia, as well as North Carolina and nationwide.


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