Wrong Way Driving Accident
Were You Seriously Injured In A Car Crash?
Stricter seat belt laws and increased law enforcement crackdowns on driving under the influence have increased the safety of roads across the nation – according to data provided by the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle accident deaths have decreased by nearly 25 percent. However, there has been no change in the number of deaths, approximately 360, caused by people driving the wrong way down the road.
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At MayesTelles PLLC, our Phoenix auto accident lawyers have dedicated their careers to fighting for the rights of injured people, and are committed to providing each new client we take on with the dedicated and passionate legal representation they deserve during their time of need. If you were seriously injured in a car crash caused by a wrong way driver, contact us today to explain your situation and learn more about how we can help you.
Causes Of Wrong Way Driving Accidents
Back in December of 2012, a Highway Special Investigation Report (PDF) was released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). This report, conducted in order to learn more about what changes need to be made in order to prevent these types of crashes in the future, gave detailed information about their findings from analysis and research of wrong way driving accidents. They found that poor signage and confusing roadway design was among the most common causes of these types of crashes, and unsurprisingly found that the driver themselves was often at fault. Other leading factors included:
- Night and Weekend Driving: Approximately 78 percent of all wrong way driving crashes occurred at night, and about 57 percent occurred over the weekend.
- Age: Drivers 70 years old and above were reportedly driving the correct direction in approximately three percent of the crashes studied in the NTSB report, and were driving the wrong direction in approximately 15 percent of the crashes.
- Alcohol: According to the NTSB report, drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI) were the most common factor in these types of accidents. Approximately 69 percent of these drivers had a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher, and approximately 59 percent had a BAC of 0.15 percent or higher. Officials believe that these numbers are lower than the reality, but cannot confirm this because a number of crashes are missing information about the BAC levels of drivers.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help You Secure The Compensation You Need
If you were seriously injured in a wrong way driving accident, you shouldn’t be responsible for any of the expenses tied to your recovery. Our Phoenix auto accident attorneys at MayesTelles PLLC are ready and waiting to provide you with the experienced and knowledgeable legal representation you need, and will fight to help you secure the compensation you require to cover any medical bills and damages you may have incurred. Tell us all about your situation by giving us a call at (602) 428-7104 or by filling out our online form to start out with a free case evaluation today.