Car Accidents

Wrong-Way Driving Accidents

Did Someone Else’s Actions Cause Your Injures?

Across the board, the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents have been on a steady decline ever since law enforcement started cracking down on drunk drivers and changes to seatbelt laws. According to data compiled by the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents has decreased by nearly 25 percent over the past 10 years. However, the number of deaths associated with wrong-way driving crashes has remained steady over that time – according to NHTSA, approximately 360 people have died in these types of accidents every year.

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While wrong-way driving accidents only make up a fraction of the 32,000 plus people who died in crashes in 2014, they are nearly always caused by negligence or wrongdoing on the side of the wrong-way driver. At Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, our Nashville car accident attorneys have provided clients with the knowledgeable and passionate legal representation they require for more than 35 years, and have successfully secured hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements over that time. If you were seriously injured in a car crash, contact us today to discuss your case and begin planning your next step.

How Do These Accidents Happen?

Officials have kept close watch on these types of accidents and the events that led up to them. Back in December of 2012, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published a Highway Special Investigation Report (PDF) detailing some of their findings. An important piece of information revealed in that document showed that a sizeable portion of wrong-way crashes occurred after the driver at fault entered an exit ramp the wrong direction. Even though officials indicated that poor signage and confusing roadway design were major factors in many of these crashes, the drivers who drove the wrong direction often took the blame. Some influencing factors noted in the report include:

  • Nights and Weekends: About 57 percent of all wrong-way crashes occurred over the weekend – between Friday and Sunday – and approximately one in every three wrong-way crashes occurred between midnight and 3 a.m., and 78 percent of all wrong-way crashes occurred at night.
  • Age: According to NTSB data, drivers 70 years old and above are involved in approximately 3 percent of right-way car crashes, while they make up a staggering 15 percent of all wrong-way driving crashes. Specifically, the NTSB report showed that 51 drivers 70 years old and above were driving the correct direction at the time of the crash while 233 drivers 70 years old and above were driving the wrong direction down the road at the time of the crash.
  • Alcohol: The most common factor cited in the NTSB report is driving under the influence (DUI). According to their data, 69 percent of at-fault drivers involved in wrong-way crashes had a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) equal to or above 0.08 percent, while 59 percent of at-fault drivers involved in wrong-way crashes had a BAC equal to or above 0.15 percent. Because the BAC level information is missing from a number of these crashes, officials believe that the true number is likely even higher.

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Hire An Experienced Lawyer Today

At the law firm of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, our Nashville car accident lawyers have dedicated their careers to providing victims with the experienced legal representation they require in their time of need. If you were seriously injured in a wrong-way driving accident, you shouldn’t be expected to pay for your medical bills or other damages you may have incurred. Our lawyers are ready to help you fight for and secure the compensation you need to cover those costs. Call us at (615) 933-2893 to speak with a member of our firm, or fill out our online form to give us the details of your case today.

Why Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge?

  • Trusted Experience

    Our team of seasoned attorneys includes certified civil trial and medical malpractice specialists who have tried hundreds of cases.

  • Proven Success

    We have recovered millions in record-setting verdicts for our clients varying from medical malpractice to catastrophic auto accidents.

  • Dedication to Our Clients

    We put personal attention on all of our cases and fight for the best possible outcome. Our clients are more than a number or a case to us.

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To schedule a detailed consultation with one of our Nashville personal injury lawyers about medical malpractice, a catastrophic accident, or wrongful death, contact our office today. Let us put our team of respected legal professionals, independent investigators, and medical experts to work on your case immediately.

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