Motorists must follow the rules of the road to avoid causing accidents, and that includes driving in the proper direction on any given roadway. One-way streets may generally be clearly marked, and only allow traffic to flow in a single direction. Whether by choice or by accident, a motorist who drives in the wrong direction on a one-way road may put motorists driving in the opposite (correct) direction in serious danger.
If you or a loved one became injured because a motorist struck you when driving in the wrong direction, then an Arlington wrong way accident lawyer will fight for fair compensation for you.
Call in the Strong Arm to guide your case by calling Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878.
DRIVING THE WRONG WAY CAN BE DEADLY
The Dallas Morning News reported on an accident in January 2020 which claimed the lives of two individuals. The accident was caused by a motorist who was traveling in the wrong direction, striking an oncoming vehicle and causing a deadly “chain reaction”.
Wrong way accidents may be especially dangerous because of their likelihood of causing head-on collisions. These collisions can cause significant force to be put on the human body, as two objects colliding in a head-on manner may experience a greater impact than those whose momentum was, at least partially, traveling in the same direction.
Findings from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reinforce how dangerous head-on collisions, and by extension wrong-way collisions, can be. When considering the physical characteristics of a vehicle, the journal found a “risk of serious or fatal injury to a driver in a head-on collision”.
Some of the possible outcomes of a head-on collision include:
- The violent movement of the neck and head in a forward direction, which may cause the head to strike an object such as a steering wheel
- One or more vehicle occupants being ejected from a vehicle
- Serious injury
You may have suffered one or more of these consequences personally. You could alternatively be acting on behalf of a loved one you lost, or who was seriously injured, because of a wrong-way collision. You or your loved one may be entitled to compensation covering the losses stemming from your head-on collision.
POTENTIAL ACCIDENT-RELATED LOSSES
Being injured or losing a loved one can produce a web of losses that significantly diminish your quality of life. If you were injured in a wrong-way accident, then you may:
- Be unable to work
- Be in severe pain
- Be restricted physically
- Have cognitive impairment
- Experience changes in your mood or personality
- Require extensive medical care
Losing a loved one may be an especially devastating outcome of a wrong-way accident. This may produce pain and suffering and other losses that you may not yet have begun to measure. A lawyer will take on the task of assessing all of your losses, assigning them value, and seeking compensation for those losses through an insurance claim or lawsuit.
You do not have to be reminded of your accident or fight for compensation on your own, as an Arlington wrong way accident lawyer will forge your pursuit of compensation for you. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878 for a free consultation.
HOW WRONG-WAY ACCIDENTS MAY HAPPEN
Any lawyer that you hire will eventually become familiar with the facts of how your accident occurred. They may speak with witnesses and review available evidence to do so, as the precise details of how your wrong-way accident happened could be critical in making your case for compensation.
There may be several possibilities for how a motorist can end up driving in the wrong direction, and this explanation could matter within the context of your case. The motorist who struck you or a loved one may have:
- Been intoxicated at the time of the accident, which could have caused them to be confused or less attentive to road signs
- Been under the influence of drugs, and similarly confused or impaired
- Been distracted at the time that they entered a one-way roadway, as failing to pay attention could have caused them to miss a critical road sign
- Been confused
- Been acting in an intentional way, either out of the instinct for self-harm or another reason
Whatever the reason for a driver to go in the wrong direction, the act of driving against oncoming traffic may qualify as negligence, or worse.
POTENTIAL STANDARDS FOR LIABILITY
Your lawyer will also determine precisely why a motorist is responsible for the losses that you have suffered. Being responsible for your losses may be generally known as “liability”, and the American Bar Association (ABA) explains that there are multiple potential standards for liability in a personal injury case.
Your lawyer may make the case that a motorist, and possibly other parties, owe you compensation because:
- They were negligent
- They caused your accident intentionally
- They are strictly liable for your losses
Negligence could generally be the standard that applies to a motor vehicle accident. A motorist may not have intended to drive the wrong direction and cause your accident or may have intended to drive the wrong direction but not to cause an accident. In either case, a motorist’s act of driving the wrong way poses a foreseeable risk of harm to others, and may therefore qualify as negligence.
If your lawyer makes a successful case for compensation, you may receive awards for damages such as medical costs, pain and suffering, property damage, lost income, and other harm stemming from your accident.
CALL LONCAR LYON JENKINS TODAY
An Arlington wrong way accident lawyer may have experience handling lawsuits and insurance claims for clients in circumstances similar to yours. You may hire a lawyer at no out-of-pocket or upfront cost, and they will handle your case in its entirety.
Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878 for more details about how we will fight for you.