Wrong-Way Accidents on the Rise in Tennessee and Throughout the U.S.
Drivers going the wrong way on the roadway have been a consistent problem since the interstate highway system was developed in the 1950s. That being said, despite more than four decades of technology and road sign improvements that should eradicate this problem, wrong way driving accidents are still an issue not just in Tennessee, but across the country.
According to research from the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 350 individuals are killed each year as a result of wrong-way freeway crashes. Although the vast majority of wrong way drivers will correct their behavior before causing a crash by turning around and going the correct way, other individuals head into oncoming traffic with devastating repercussions.
Wrong-way accidents are frequently some of the most serious accidents that happen in Murfreesboro and it is easy to see why. Even a vehicle traveling at moderate speed will have little reaction time to brake or take action before a head-on collision, making catastrophic injuries and fatalities frequently associated with wrong-way accidents.
One of the most common causes for a wrong-way accident is a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Of course, this is not the only reason as heavy vegetation, improperly placed or missing signage, poor lighting, out of town drivers or road construction can all influence wrong way accidents. Sometimes these causes can even combine to generate a devastating wrong way accident. Many areas across Tennessee and around the country are using videos, flashing lights and embedded sensors to help prevent wrong-way accidents. That being said, there are still far too many individuals each year who are hurt and killed in these completely preventable accidents.
Drivers coming the opposite way have very little time to react when they spot a driver going in the wrong direction, which makes it extremely hard to prevent these critical accidents. Severe medical conditions are frequently associated with wrong way accidents such as paralysis, traumatic brain injury, back pain, and other health issues from which the victim may never recover. If you have been involved in a wrong-way accident because of someone else’s negligence, you need to consult with an experienced Murfreesboro personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Although a successful fight for compensation can never undo the accident’s damage in full, the compensation you receive may be critical for helping you put your life back together so you can move on from this incident as soon as possible. It is never easy to adjust to life when serious injuries are keeping you from work or activities that you enjoy, but victims should not have to cope with the challenges of medical bills on top of this initial stress. Working with an experienced Murfreesboro accident attorney at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley Attorneys at Law ensures your best interests are protected and you receive maximum compensation for your injuries. We work hard to help you, so call 615-893-1331, or contact us online as soon as possible after your accident.