Wrong-Way Driving Accidents
Were You Seriously Injured in an Accident?
The number of people who die in motor vehicle crashes each year has consistently gone down over the past half-century, at least according to statistics collected by the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The number of fatalities decreased by nearly 25 percent over the past 10 years alone, but the same can’t be said for wrong-way driving fatalities. While the exact number has fluctuated from year to year, an average of 360 people die during these types of crashes every year. While that number may only make up a fraction of the more than 32,000 people who died in crashes in 2014, every single one of these deaths was caused by someone’s negligent or wrongful actions.
If you were seriously injured, or if someone you love was killed in a wrong-way driving accident, speak to an experienced San Diego car accident attorney today by giving us a call at (619) 215-1488.
If you were seriously injured, or if someone you love was killed in a wrong-way driving accident, it’s important to hire experienced legal counsel in order to fight to secure the compensation you deserve. Our San Diego car accident attorneys at The McClellan Law Firm have dedicated their careers to representing injured victims throughout California and across the nation, and have successfully secured more than 110 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million each during that time. Contact us today to discuss your case.
How and Why Do Wrong-Way Accidents Happen?
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a Highway Special Investigation Report (PDF) into the causes of wrong-way driving fatalities in December of 2012, and discovered that a significant number of these types of crashes occurred after the at-fault driver entered an exit ramp. Investigators determined that confusing roadway design and poor signage played a role in these crashes, but a significant portion of blame also belongs on the shoulders of the drivers. Some of the top reported influencing factors included:
- Alcohol: Driving under the influence (DUI) may be the single most influential cause of wrong-way accidents. According to the NTSB report, 69 percent of drivers who caused wrong-way crashes had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of 0.08 percent or higher, and 59 percent of drivers had a BAC level of 0.15 percent or higher. However, officials believe that this number could be even higher because many of these crashes are missing BAC level data.
- Age: Drivers over the age of 70 only make up 3 percent of right-way driving accidents, but make up almost 15 percent of wrong-way driving accidents. The NTSB report, which focused on crash statistics from 2004 to 2009, reported that 233 drivers in this age group were driving the wrong way, compared only 51 driving the right way. Every other age group was more likely to be driving the right way in these crashes.
- Nights and Weekends: The vast majority of wrong-way crashes occurred at night – 78 percent to be exact. Nearly one third of these crashes occurred between midnight and 3 in the morning, and about 57 of wrong-way crashes took place between Friday and Sunday.
Hire An Experienced Lawyer To Represent You
Our San Diego car accident lawyers at The McClellan Law Firm have spent more than 25 years successfully fighting for the rights of injured victims, and are passionate about continuing to provide the expert legal representation our clients deserve in their time of need. If you were seriously injured, or if someone you love was killed in a wrong-way accident, give us a call at (619) 215-1488 to speak with a member of our firm or fill out our online form to request a free case evaluation today.