Why this unexpected situation is more treacherous than you think
In Oregon this November, a woman was killed driving the wrong way on a major interstate. The same day, two drivers in Los Angeles were killed shortly after a routine traffic stop in an accident involving a wrong-way driver. In Florida, incidents are so common that the state’s highway patrol is implementing a new program to crack down on wrong-way drivers.
Across the country, wrong-way driving accidents appear in the news almost daily. But who or what is to blame for these unusual and often harrowing incidents? One culprit is likely something that everyone takes in their car with them: their phone. Distracted driving is another growing trend across the country, and it may be leading drivers to take wrong turns and ignore warning signs, leading them down one-way streets and onto the wrong side of freeways.
If you see a wrong-way driver, you likely have very little time to react. Two drivers approaching each other on a freeway are typically hurtling at each other at more than 100 miles per hour, so you need to make a fast judgment about what to do.
The best judgment in these cases is to try and limit damage and injury. If you collide head-on with another driver on a highway, odds are the resulting injuries will be severe, if not fatal. Try to slow down your vehicle to reduce the impact speed, or move to another lane if it is safe to do so.
If a wrong-way accident is the result of distracted driving, it will likely be found to be the fault of that driver in court. However, there are some extenuating circumstances that should be taken into account. If the incident occurs at night, and the right-way driver does not have their headlights on, they may share some blame for the accident. Likewise, improper, missing or covered signage should also be considered when determining fault in a wrong-way accident.
Because of loopholes like these, it is important for everyone who was involved in a wrong-way accident to contact an attorney who can help analyze the facts of the case and determine where fault lies.
The Baltimore accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC encourage anyone involved in an accident to contact them toll free at (800) 918-8872 or online. They provide legal representation to help secure compensation for drivers involved in accidents where one or more drivers were travelling the wrong way, against traffic. They will determine the cause of the situation, who is at fault and the full extent of damages to secure maximum compensation. They serve accident victims throughout Maryland, including Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County.