Portland, OR- An internet search will quickly yield page after page of stories relating the sad tale of motorist or motorists being seriously injured or, even worse, being killed by a wrong-way driver. While wrong-way accidents account for a mere 3 percent of accidents on highways, according to the National Traffic Safety Board, the results of these accidents can be devastating for all parties involved.
If you have been the victim of a wrong-way driver, USAttorneys recommends your speak with one of our accident lawyers serving Oregon to evaluate your case. You and your loved ones may be eligible for significant compensation for your injuries and mental anguish.
As its name implies, a wrong-way accident occurs when a motorist enters a lane of travel going in the wrong direction. Such crashes can occur anywhere are but are more common one highways where motorists are traveling high rates of speed. This makes it very difficult for motorists to make evasive maneuvers and avoid colliding with a wrong-way driver.
More than one study has found that wrong-way crashes have a higher fatality rate than other collision types. Those studies found that the wrong-way crashes are 22 to 27 percent more likely to be fatal. That is mainly because the impact of a wrong-way collision is generally head-on. Even with airbags and safety belts, it can be difficult for a person to avoid a catastrophic or fatal injuries because of the sheer force of the crash.
Just like any other type of accident, a wrong-way crash can have a number of causes, but the NTSB has found that the most common cause is impaired driving. In a California Department of Transportation study, which was used in NTSB analysis, researchers found that impaired drivers were involved on 59.4 percent of wrong-way crashes in the state between 1983 and 1987. Based on data from the Fatality Analysis and Reporting System, the NTSB found that out of the 1,566 wrong-way crashes included in the data, 60 percent involved alcohol. Additionally, drunken drivers, who cause wrong-way crashes, usually have a high blood alcohol content, often 2 to 3 times the legal limit which is .08 in most states including Oregon.
Another main cause of wrong-way crashes can be attributed to confusion and inattention. Drivers often enter roadways going in the wrong direction by mistake and can correct their error before they collide with another a vehicle. According to the NTSB, wrong-way crashes due to driver error are more common after 10 p.m., when signs are harder to see.
Our team of attorneys understand a traffic accident can turn your life upside down and raise many questions. They will be there to make some sense of the chaos in your life and help you get your life back on track by securing a generous settlement. You need relief from your accident-related financial woes so you can focus on yours or your loved one’s recovery. Contact an attorney lawyer in Oregon today and get help with your injury claim.

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.