Car accidentMedford, OR- Police say that the driver who caused a wrong-way crash on I-5 that left a veteran critically injured may have been under the influence of methamphetamines.
The accident occurred just before 6 a.m. Tuesday morning on I-5. The Oregonian reports that a 62-year-old John Kipp was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes when he struck a vehicle being driven by a 34-yearold veteran, identified as Norman Anderson.
The Oregonian reports that both men were critically injured.
Police told KOBI 5 News that Kipp admitted to taking methamphetamines before the crash, but police are waiting for the results of toxicology tests to confirm.
The accident closed the northbound lanes of I-5 for three hours.
Wrong-way accidents, since they typically involve head-on impact, are deadly, so the victims involved in this crash were lucky, unlike so many others. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that wrong-way crashes account for 1.5 percent of all fatal accidents in the U.S.
Wrong-way crashes can be caused by drivers who get confused and enter roadway going in the wrong direction. By far, the leading cause of wrong-way crashes is drunken driving or drugged driving and the latter is on the rise.
The National Roadside Survey of 2014 conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found a troubling increase in the number of drivers under the influence of one or more drugs- prescription or otherwise. In 2013-2014, the NHTSA found that 20 percent of motorists were under the influence of drugs, as opposed to 2007 when only 16.3 percent of drivers tested positive for drugs.
The accident mentioned above is a prime example of why impaired driving is so dangerous and the devastation it can cause. A drugged driving accident can quickly destroy a person’s life, taking their health and emotional well-being. Because wrong-way crashes and drugged driving are so cataclysmic, USAttorneys believes accident victims need to retain an accident lawyer near their Oregon location to assist them with their personal injury or wrongful death claim. When you have an experienced attorney working on your case, you have a much better chance of getting the full settlement amount you deserve.
Whether you want to settle your claim with an insurer, or you want to take your claim to court, you need an accident lawyer working on your claim. USAttorneys recommends accident victims in Oregon contact the Law Office of Douglas Greene, a personal injury attorney who serves accident victims all over the state. You can count on accident attorney Douglas Greene to aggressively pursue your case so that you receive fair compensation for your emotional distress, medical bills, property repair, and other financial damages resulting from your collision. You can contact Mr. Greene by visiting his website or calling his office at 503.935.5450. No matter what course of action you choose to pursue, Attorney Douglas Greene can help.

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