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Representing Victims of Wrong-Way Driving Accidents in Charleston

Drivers who travel the wrong way on a one-way street or highway put others at severe risk of injuries or death. An average of approximately 500 traffic fatalities are caused by wrong-way driving every year in the U.S., according to AAA. This driving error often leads to a head-on collision, causing fatal injuries. When a vehicle going the wrong way collides head-on with another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, the impact of the crash is tremendous.

This negligent driving conduct may cause multi-vehicle pileups, injuring multiple parties. If you have been hurt by a wrong-way driver, contact an experienced Charleston car accident attorney from Allen Law right away at (843) 882-5005.

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- Julian Allen

What Are the Causes of Wrong-Way Accidents?

Various factors can contribute to wrong way driving accidents, including:

  • Weather conditions: Heavy snow, rain, or fog can make it difficult for drivers to see road signs and markings.
  • Vehicle malfunction: A blown tire, or a faulty GPS can cause a driver to travel the wrong way.
  • Poor signage: Inadequate or confusing road signs can contribute to wrong-way crashes.
  • Faulty road design: Poorly designed roads with confusing exit and entrance ramps can lead to deadly wrong-way accidents.
  • Driver error: Many wrong-way collisions are caused by the negligent actions of drivers. These include distracted driving, alcohol or drug-impaired driving, fatigued driving, and driver confusion.

What Are the Consequences of Wrong-Way Driver Collisions?

Wrong-way accidents can cause serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. In 2020, out of 38,824 traffic fatalities, 507 were caused by wrong-way driving, as reported by the Federal Highway Administration. Common injuries in wrong-way collisions include:

  • Head trauma and brain injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Severe cuts and lacerations
  • Internal injuries and bleeding
  • Spinal cord damage leading to paralysis
  • Crush injuries
  • Amputations
  • Whiplash and neck injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Facial and dental damage
  • Scarring and disfigurement

What Should You Do After a Wrong-Way Accident?

After a serious wrong-way accident, get emergency medical treatment for your injuries and report the incident to the police. If you are able, take pictures and collect information at the scene of the accident, including names and contact information for all parties involved and all witnesses to the crash. Speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to recover compensation for your losses from responsible parties. Depending on the particular circumstances, damages in a wrong-way accident claim may include the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages or earnings
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional trauma
  • Impaired quality of life

How Can a Charleston Car Accident Attorney Help?

If you have been seriously injured in a wrong-way accident, our Charleston personal injury lawyer can handle your claim for compensation while you recover from your injuries. We can thoroughly investigate the crash to determine fault and liability and secure evidence to support your claim. Our wrong-way accident attorney can build a strong case based on the facts, calculate the full extent of your damages, negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf, and take your case to trial if necessary to recover the compensation you deserve.

Acclaimed Car Accident Lawyers: Allen Law

Our founding attorney at Allen Law is a former insurance defense attorney with insight into how the other side works, which we use for the benefit of our clients. Attorney Julian Allen has been named among the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®, and awarded membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Call us at (843) 882-5005 to schedule a free consultation after a crash caused by a wrong-way driver.