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
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Nashville car accident attorneys today.
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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a case evaluation today.
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.