Any car accident has the potential to be serious but when an accident involves one driver driving the wrong way, it is almost always going to lead to serious injuries. These are tragic accidents that could have been prevented in almost all cases. Keep reading to learn about the most common causes of these particular type of accident and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 if you are in need of a free legal consultation from an experienced Phoenix attorney.
The Top Cause of One Way Accidents
It may not surprise many people to learn that the top cause of wrong-way accidents is the driver being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When a driver is intoxicated, they can easily become disoriented. As a result, they can enter the roadway or freeway ramp in the wrong direction without realizing it. You will find that if a wrong-way accident occurs, the police’s first step is generally to check and see if the driver going the wrong way was under the influence of drugs and / or alcohol.
Other Common Causes of Wrong-Way Accidents
Intoxication is not the only cause of wrong-way accidents. In some cases other factors can contribute to the accident, including:
- Improperly placed road signs
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while drowsy
- Unmarked roads
- Unmarked freeway maps
- Drivers who are not familiar with the area
- Poor lighting
It is often the case that several of these factors come together to cause a wrong-way accident. For example, it may be that an area had road signs that were not properly placed, the driver was unfamiliar with the area, and lighting was poor. This is a disaster waiting to happen when it comes to accidents.
What to Do if You Are Involved in a Wrong-Way Accident
Even if you are the person who was driving the wrong way, the accident may not have been entirely your fault. The city may be partially to blame if it was an issue of missing or improperly placed road signs, poor lighting, etc. It is always worth contact a personal injury attorney to find out what your legal options are.
Immediately after the accident, your next move should be to get medical care. If you are safe and able to do so, get contact information for everyone involved. This includes any witnesses who saw what happened. Then contact a personal injury attorney. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we are happy to offer a free legal consultation. Just give us a call at 602-340-0030 and we can get started right away.