A wrong-way car accident is a type of head-on collision that is especially deadly. The vehicles are often traveling at high speeds and the shock of finding another vehicle driving the wrong way leaves unsuspecting victims totally unprepared. These wrecks lead to catastrophic injuries—such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, internal organ damage—and deaths.
What Are the Causes of Wrong Way Car Accidents?
These tragic collisions commonly occur on entrance and exit ramps to highways but can also happen on busy one-way streets in the Seattle area. Some of the top ways negligent drivers cause wrong way accidents include:
Intoxication. One of the leading reasons for this particular type of crash is driver intoxication. Being drunk or high due to drug use reduces a person’s vision, judgment, reaction time, and other driving abilities. Intoxicated drivers will often get confused and cause a tragic wreck by going the wrong way on an exit or entrance ramp or the highway.
Distracted driving. When a driver is distracted by talking on his cellphone, texting, and other practices, his eyes and mind are not on his driving and he can miss a wrong-way warning sign on an exit or entrance ramp.
Drowsy driving. Driving when drowsy can be as dangerous as driving when intoxicated. When a driver is less alert because he is sleeping, he can fail to recognize that he is driving the wrong way.
Confusion. Some of these accidents are caused by drivers who are unfamiliar with the area where they are driving and accidentally—and negligently—turn the wrong way on a ramp or one-way street.
Sign problems. If highway ramp or road signs are missing or obscured, this can be the cause of an accident. In this situation, a governmental agency responsible for the road or highway maintenance could be the negligent party. It is important to retain an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible in these cases because special notice and other rules must be followed when filing a claim.
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