Author: Jeff Tormey, Esq., Amarillo, Texas
If You or a Loved One Were Injured in a Wrong-Way Collision, Our Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
Wrong-way driving collisions can be fatal, and this type of crash results in 300 to 400 deaths a year, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
If you or a loved one were involved in a wrong-way automobile accident and sustained injuries or property damage in Oklahoma, our car accident lawyers at Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys can assist you with your legal claim.
We realize that navigating the legal system is not always straightforward or easy to comprehend, however, when you have our team on your side, we can help bring clarity to your case.
Common Causes of Wrong-Way Accidents
Wrong-way accidents can occur for various reasons, however, listed below are the most common causes:
Driving While Intoxicated
Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol cause roadways to be hazardous for other motorists. Intoxication can cause slower reaction time, lack of judgment, and poor concentration, which can all result in fatal accidents.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car wrecks. There are three types of distractions: manual, visual, and cognitive. Nine people die every day in the U.S. as a result of distracted driving, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Manual distractions require the driver to take one or both hands off the wheel. This can include smoking, eating, and drinking. Visual distractions cause the motorist to take their eyes off the road such as looking at the view, glancing at the GPS, or applying makeup. The last type of distraction is cognitive, which causes the mind to drift from focusing on the roadways.
Poor Road Layouts
In some cases, road layouts can create confusion for a driver such as poor signage or merging lanes that don’t have any warning signs posted. Also, roads under construction can increase the chances of a wrong-way collision since some lanes may be blocked or merge into a different lane.
Being Unfamiliar with the Area
Unfamiliarity has led to numerous accidents. Drivers who are not accustomed to certain roads, such as travelers, are more likely to turn down the wrong street or miss a turn. It’s especially important to pay extra attention to roads that you are not normally accustomed to driving on to ensure you’re going in the correct direction.
How to Help Prevent Wrong-Way Accidents
Although these sorts of auto accidents continue to occur, there are ways to help prevent wrong-way mishaps:
Never Drive Drowsy
Driving drowsy can cause a motorist to drift into the wrong lane or miss an exit ramp.
Avoid Driving Distracted
It’s critical to keep your focus on the roadways at all times and avoid anything that can be a distraction, such as your cellphone or reaching for items in your vehicle.
Never Drive Intoxicated
Use Additional Caution at Night
Evening driving can be difficult because roadways are dark and, in some areas, have limited lighting. It’s essential to use extra caution since it’s much easier to miss an exit or make a wrong turn when it’s nightfall.
Can I File a Claim?
If you suffered injuries directly caused by the negligent actions of another motorist in Oklahoma, you may be eligible to receive compensation. In order to determine if you have a claim, our car accident lawyers will need to first examine the various aspects of your potential case.
Compensation is calculated by multiple components such as the severity of your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, along with other factors. It’s in your best interest to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney before accepting any type of offer from an insurance company.
Insurance companies often pressure injured victims into taking their initial offer in attempts to pay out as little compensation as possible. The negotiation process can be strenuous without proper legal guidance. Having legal representation may enhance your chances of receiving the settlement amount you rightfully deserve.
Contact Our Dedicated Legal Team
If you or a loved one sustained injuries or encountered property damage, you may be eligible to obtain compensation. Compensation can cover medical expenses, loss of enjoyment, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and any additional costs. A car wreck can produce life-altering injuries and, in some cases, result in death.
If you have questions about whether or not you have a case, call Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys at (405) 218-9200 or fill out our free consultation form. We know you may feel anxious and overwhelmed after being injured in a car crash, however, our team helps injured victims across Oklahoma.
Let us fight for justice on your behalf.
About The Author
Jeff Tormey is a car accident attorney in Amarillo, Texas and managing partner at Tormey & McConnell, one of the area’s leading personal injury law firms. Jeff was first admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1995 after graduating from the Texas Tech University School of Law. Jeff also frequently works personal injury cases related to truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and oilfield accidents.