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Navigating California’s often dangerous roads and highways can be a challenging task. Whether it’s extreme traffic, road rage drivers, or wildlife, there are a number of factors that can cause even the safest of drivers to be injured in an accident. One exceedingly dangerous factor for anyone sharing the road is wrong-way drivers.

Avoiding Wrong-Way Driving Collisions

Wrong-way car accidents are actually much more common than you may realize. This past weekend, five people (including two brothers) tragically died in a wrong-way Uber driver crash in Long Island, New York. Authorities confirmed the accident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. on Montauk Highway near the neighborhood of Quogue, and that speed was the leading cause of the crash.

Here in Southern California, two women were killed Sunday morning in a head-on collision involving a wrong-way driver. Authorities confirmed the incident occurred on the 91 freeway in Long Beach. The violent crash prompted the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to close all eastbound lanes for several hours. According to an ABC 7 report, CHP officials started receiving 911 calls about a wrong-way driver speeding west in the eastbound lanes approximately 10 minutes before the deadly car accident occurred.

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) study examining wrong-way driving car accidents was conducted in 2012. The comprehensive study concluded that wrong-way collisions tend to be severe events that result in fatalities. In fact, over 300 fatalities per year are reportedly due to wrong-way driving, according to the NTSB.

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Some additional statistics on wrong-way car accidents include:

  • More than half (possibly as many as three-quarters) of wrong-way drivers are impaired by alcohol
  • More than half (59%) of those wrong-way drivers with a reported blood alcohol content (BAC) had a “high BAC” at or above 0.15
  • Drivers over the age of 70 are over-represented as at-fault drivers in wrong-way collisions when compared to other types of controlled-access highway accidents
  • People over the age of 70 account for less than 3% of right-way drivers involved in fatal wrong-way collisions, but those in the same age group constitute nearly 15% of the wrong-way drivers in these collisions
  • Wrong-way collisions occur more frequently at night, with 78% of fatal wrong-way collisions occurring between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  • A disproportionate number of wrong-way collisions occur on the weekends
  • Most wrong-way collisions occur in the lane closest to the median (known as the ‘number one’ lane) – with seven of the nine collisions investigated by the NTSB occurred in that lane

What Are the Most Common Causes of Wrong-Way Car Accidents?

What Are the Most Common Causes of Wrong-Way Car Accidents?

Wrong-way car crashes can be the result of any number of factors. As the NTSB study confirms, the primary origin of wrong-way vehicle movements (when the origin can be determined) is when a driver mistakenly enters an exit ramp. The next most commonly cited factors resulting in wrong-way movement include a driver making a U-turn on the mainline or using the emergency turnaround through the median (which the NTSB identifies as a recovery maneuver after missing an exit ramp).

Additionally, wrong-way car accidents can be a result of:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Missing or improper road signs
  • Poor visibility
  • Construction zones

Wrong-Way Car Accidents and the Increased Fatality Rate

In addition to gathering their own findings, the NTSB study included data gathered by various state agencies. Some of the most striking data over the past few decades involves the increased fatality risk in wrong-way driving accidents.

For example:

  • A study in Virginia found the fatality rate for wrong-way collisions on controlled-access highways to be 27 times that of other types of motor vehicle accidents.
  • The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) found a fatality rate 12 times greater in wrong-way collisions when compared to all other accidents on controlled-access highways.
  • A study in Michigan found that 22% of wrong-way collisions were fatal, compared to 0.3% for all highway accidents in the same time frame.

Avoiding Wrong-Way Driving Collisions

Wrong-way car accidents typically entail what’s known as ‘head-on’ impact between the two involved vehicles. Head-on collisions can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Common injuries resulting from head-on motor vehicle collisions may include:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Concussion (also known as a mild traumatic brain injury or MTBI)
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Whiplash

Avoiding a head-on collision can be a matter of remaining calm. If you see a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction, slowing down and moving to the side of the road or shoulder is advisable (whenever the situation permits).

Securing Financial Compensation After a Wrong-Way Car Accident

While wrong-way drivers are clearly at-fault when traveling in the incorrect direction and causing an accident, proving negligence under the law and ensuring that the injured victim recovers all applicable financial compensation is a responsibility best handled by an experienced and trusted personal injury attorney.

Dordulian Law Group (DLG) was founded by a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County – Sam Dordulian. With over 100 jury trial victories, Dordulian offers a level of experience and professionalism that simply can’t be found at most law firms. With a 98% success record and more than $100,000,000 recovered in settlements and verdicts, DLG’s results are an indication of our sincere dedication and the type of personalized attention we provide to each and every client.

Contact our top-rated team of expert car accident attorneys online or by phone today to pursue justice and secure a financial award for damages.

When you’re injured in a wrong-way car accident, you may be facing mounting medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. In order to recover the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, choosing an experienced and proven car accident lawyer is one of the most important decisions you can make.

Contact the car accident experts at DLG today for a free consultation. We’ll listen the facts of your case, launch a thorough investigation led by our in-house Chief Investigator, and develop a precise legal strategy based on our decades of experience and success. In wrong-way car accident cases, gathering evidence can be especially important in helping to prove liability. At DLG, we understand the importance of preserving evidence, which is why we employ an in-house investigator (Moses Castillo, a retired LAPD Central Traffic Division detective) to uncover any piece of evidence that can help prove your claim and increase your damages award.

And with DLG’s No Win/No Fee Guarantee, you never have to worry about upfront costs of out-of-pocket expenses. When you choose DLG to handle your car accident claim, you never pay a penny until we recover the maximum financial compensation you deserve.

Contact us today online or by phone at 818-322-4056 to file a claim and take the first step towards securing justice for your wrong-way car accident injury.

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When you’re injured in a wrong-way car accident, you may be facing mounting medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. In order to recover the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, choosing an experienced and proven car accident lawyer is one of the most important decisions you can make.

Contact the car accident experts at DLG today for a free consultation. We’ll listen the facts of your case, launch a thorough investigation led by our in-house Chief Investigator, and develop a precise legal strategy based on our decades of experience and success. In wrong-way car accident cases, gathering evidence can be especially important in helping to prove liability. At DLG, we understand the importance of preserving evidence, which is why we employ an in-house investigator (Moses Castillo, a retired LAPD Central Traffic Division detective) to uncover any piece of evidence that can help prove your claim and increase your damages award.

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And with DLG’s No Win/No Fee Guarantee, you never have to worry about upfront costs of out-of-pocket expenses. When you choose DLG to handle your car accident claim, you never pay a penny until we recover the maximum financial compensation you deserve.

Contact us today online or by phone at 818-322-4056 to file a claim and take the first step towards securing justice for your wrong-way car accident injury.

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