The Danger of Wrong Way Accidents

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Two individuals were killed recently when their motor vehicle collided with another automobile, which was traveling the wrong way on Interstate 94. After the accident occurred, both of the passengers in the vehicle that was headed in the correct direction died at the scene. The driver who caused the accident was seriously injured and taken to a nearby medical facility. Wrong way collisions most often occur on highways, but can also occur on other types of one-way streets. Individuals who are involved in these types of accident frequently face a variety of obstacles including emotional trauma, lost wages, and mounting medical bills. In the very worst cases, fatalities are involved. As a result, when wrong way accidents occur, individuals often find it essential to obtain the assistance of a skilled attorney. 

There are some elements that increase the rate at which wrong way accidents occur, which include the following:

  • Age: Motor vehicle operators over the age of 70 only make up 3% of right-way driving accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board reports that between 2004 to 2009, 233 drivers in this age group drove the wrong way down a one-way street. Other age groups are more likely to be driving in the correct direction.
  • Alcohol: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DWI) is responsible for a large number of wrong way accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board reports that nearly ¾ of the motor vehicle operators who cause wrong way accidents did so while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Nights and Weekends: A large number of wrong way accidents occur at night because it is harder for some motor vehicle operators to see. Approximately one-third of wrong way accidents occur between midnight and 3 o’clock in the morning. 

The Types of Injuries Associated with Wrong Way Accidents 

Wrong way accidents most often result in head-on collisions between vehicles. These accidents frequently result in serious injuries and even fatalities. Some of the most common injuries that arise from these situations include:

  • Brain Trauma
  • Broken Bones or Compound Fractures
  • Burn Injuries from Vehicle Fires
  • Internal Organ Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Damage 

Speak with a Seasoned Attorney

The legal counsel at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss understands just how damaging wrong way accidents can be. Consider contacting our law office today to obtain the assistance of strong legal counsel. One of personal injury attorneys including Tim O’Keeffe, Tatum O’Brien, and Sara Monson will fight for the compensation you deserve. Call 701-235-8000 or 877-235-8002.

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