There have been too many drivers who have been faced with one terrifying experience in particular on the road. It may be late at night; a driver is heading home after a long day at work and suddenly sees headlights ahead. They seem to be getting closer and coming directly at the driver. It may not register right away, but when it does it’s clear that the motorist is in immediate danger of getting hit by a wrong-way driver.
There is often not a lot of time to get out of the way of a car coming directly at you, especially if you are on a highway where cars are traveling at high speeds. All too often, a wrong-way driver causes a head-on collision that ends with catastrophic injuries. In fact, these accidents are more likely to be fatal than any other type of crash.
A video report on Good Morning America looked at a number of different accidents caused by wrong-way drivers, including one in Tennessee where a police officer had to stop a reckless driver driving the wrong way by crashing into the car. In the accidents featured in the story, there were cameras that recorded the crashes and it is clear that the other motorist is driving the wrong way.
In real time, however, people don’t always immediately realize that there is someone coming at them. This is often the case particularly at night when visibility is already more limited. Because of this, it can be all but impossible to get out of the way of that wrong-way driver. In this situation, an accident may be unavoidable.
It is crucial for people in this situation to understand that there may very well be grounds to take legal action against the wrong-way driver. In many cases, the driver was intoxicated, drugged or otherwise impaired to such an extent that he or she didn’t even realize they were on the wrong side of the road.
Lawsuits and money cannot undo the devastating damage of serious car accident, but they can help victims and their families deal with the painful and stressful aftermath. In the event that you have been injured in an accident with a wrong-way driver, discussing your case with an attorney can prove to be crucial.