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Murfreesboro Accident Attorney Fights for the Rights of Wrong-Way Accident Victims

Committed to holding negligent wrong-way drivers accountable

Wrong-way accidents have particularly devastating consequences. Both drivers are traveling directly towards one another with little to no time to stop or evade impact. The resulting head-on or slightly offset crash typically yields horrific results. The force of these moderate-to-high-speed collisions frequently cause significant intrusion into the driver and passenger compartments of the vehicles. The resultant injuries often lead to permanent disability or death. The majority of these kinds of collisions involve some type of negligence by one of the drivers. At the Law Offices of David L. Scott, our Murfreesboro accident attorney helps you through this overwhelming and difficult time, and works to get you full and fair compensation from the negligent party.

What are common causes of wrong-way driving accidents?

Wrong-way driving accidents account for only about 3 percent of motor vehicle accidents on divided highways. Though rare, wrong-way accidents are serious driving hazards, resulting in an average of 357 deaths annually between 2004 and 2009. In most situations, where a driver finds himself traveling the wrong way, he is able to correct the error before causing a collision. However, sometimes drugs, alcohol or other factors lead to a horrific wrong-way crash.

Common causes include the following:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI) – DUI is the biggest contributing factor in most wrong-way accidents. The driver has impaired judgement affecting his ability to make smart decisions and often resulting in risky behavior on the road. Reduced reaction time impairs the motorist’s ability to correct those bad decisions or perform skillful maneuvers when required. Intoxication also detrimentally impacts vision, contributing to dangerous errors, such as missing a “One-Way,” “Wrong Way” or “Do Not Enter” sign.

  • Bad weather/bad road conditions – Inclement weather, such as rain, sleet, snow, hail, high winds, fog and ice may cause a driver to lose control and veer into oncoming traffic. Construction and poor road conditions, such as narrowed roadways, poorly marked roadwork hazards, road debris and defective traffic control devices lead to these dangerous situations as well.

  • Nighttime driving – Poor visibility and night blindness also contribute to wrong-way accidents, and are made far more dangerous when coupled with any of the aforementioned problems or hazards.

Efforts to prevent wrong way driving accidents

Due to the grave injuries and loss of life caused by wrong-way driving accidents, many states are reviewing and implementing additional precautions in efforts to prevent these devastating collisions. 

The following countermeasures have been advised by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):

  • Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices – Increased mandatory use of these devices for DUI offenders combats the single biggest cause of wrong-way accidents.

  • Improved highway signage – Measures such as the use of oversized “Wrong Way” and “Do Not Enter” signs, placing them at lower heights and increasing their number are aimed at eliminating wrong-way accidents on controlled-access highways.

  • LED markers – Installation of these lighted pavement markers offer increased warnings to drivers.

  • Flashing “Wrong Way” signs – These signs would warn drivers when a vehicle is detected driving the wrong way.

  • Better ramp and interchange safety designs – These suggested improvements would minimize the confusion that often leads to drivers entering the highway traveling in the wrong direction.

These and other countermeasures will likely save many lives and prevent catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, budgetary concerns delay or prohibit their widespread implementation.

Contact our Murfreesboro accident attorney to discuss your wrong-way accident today

Schedule an initial free consultation with the Law Offices of David L. Scott to obtain the counsel of a seasoned Murfreesboro accident attorney with more than 19 years of experience. We help clients through the legal and medical challenges caused by serious wrong-way accidents, and seek the full restitution to which you are entitled. Contact us online or at 615-896-7656.

 
 
 
 

 

 

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722 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: 615-896-7656

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Nashville, TN 37205

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