Common Causes of Wrong Way Car Wrecks & Head-on Collisions
On Sunday afternoon on November 29, 2020, near Asheville, NC, there was crash on I-240 westbound between two vehicles. Officers on the scene say in their initial reports that it appears the crash was caused by one of the drivers going the wrong way on the interstate.
This accident closed several lanes of I-240 by Tunnel Road while the wreckage was cleared from the interstate. Both drivers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Wrong-way driving accidents account for between 300 and 400 deaths in the United States every year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
These types of accidents are a serious problem, so the National Transportation Safety Board commissioned a special investigation into wrong-way car crashes in 2012.
The investigation showed the following:
- While wrong-way accidents are not as common as other kinds of accidents, they tend to be fatal, and that rate has remained consistent for many years.
- Over 60 percent of wrong-way collisions are drunk driving accidents.
- Older drivers are often involved in wrong-way accidents. Age-induced dementia, disorientation, and slow reaction times can all play a part in many wrong-way accidents.
- Wrong-way collisions occur most often at night, on the weekends, and in lanes closest to the median.
Been Hurt or Injured in a Wrong Way Car Accident?
Experienced legal counsel is important if you have been injured in a car accident, including crashes involving vehicles going the wrong way or crossing into your lane. From the scene of the accident where physical evidence can help establish who was at-fault to navigating the complex personal injury claims process, Fisher Stark, P.A., can help. We deal with the insurance adjusters so the injured can concentrate on getting better. If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident, Fisher Stark, P.A., offers a free consultation to discuss your case. You can call today to schedule your consultation at 828-505-4300.
How Do Wrong Way Crashes Happen?
In most wrong-way crashes it is likely that some kind of negligent behavior is to blame. The most common causes of wrong-way driving accidents in North Carolina include:
- Impaired driving due to alcohol intoxication or drug use
- Texting and driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Unlicensed drivers
- Lack of roadway lighting
- Inadequate traffic signage or traffic control devices
- Head-On Crash Injuries
Victims of head-on collisions are likely to experience the following injuries:
- Head trauma (concussions and traumatic brain injuries)
- Neck, back, and spine trauma
- Broken bones
- Chest and thoracic trauma
- Wrongful death
“Have you or someone you care about been a victim of a head-on collision?
Fisher Stark, P.A., offers a free consultation to victims of crashes. We will review your case and let you know if we can help, while giving you an honest opinion on whether you have a case or not. The law in North Carolina calls for fair compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. In certain situations, you may be able to recover punitive damages.
Our role is to guide you through the claims process and if necessary, file a lawsuit and take your case to trial in front of a jury. Dealing with the insurance companies, maximizing your recovery, and easing the burdens on you and your loved ones after an injury are just some of our goals.
We will counsel and advise you. We will never settle a claim without your permission. If your claim does not settle, we have the experience needed to file a lawsuit and go to trial.
Bad driving decisions have dire consequences, and through the civil justice system we can impact our communities making them safer, while also obtaining full justice for the victims. Call today at 828-505-4300 or you can visit our webpage >https://fisherstark.com/asheville-traumatic-brain-injury-lawyer/ where you can find more information on traumatic brain injury claims and our services.
We will work hard to get you the justice & fair compensation you deserve. Fisher Stark, P.A. is a highly respected personal injury law firm in Asheville, NC. We provide experienced legal help for clients in Buncombe County and all of Western North Carolina. Collectively, our legal team – Perry Fisher, and Brad Stark – have more than 40 years of trial practice, and have participated in more than 1,000 personal injury & accident cases. Call Fisher Stark, P.A. at 828-505-4300 for a free consultation.