Even if you don’t realize it or hear about them very often, wrong-way crashes or accidents in Connecticut are more common than you may realize. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are both serious and result in fatalities.
There isn’t much available to protect drivers who suddenly see another vehicle coming toward them at top speeds from the wrong direction.
Wrong-way, head-on collisions are a scary situation to be in. In fact, many drivers have admitted this is one of the scenarios they fear the most when on the road. Also, you’ll find that all types of movies and television shows feature these types of accidents, which further proves most people want to avoid them at all costs. Unfortunately, these types of accidents aren’t exclusive to the big screen.
They occur often. In most cases, these accidents are caused by drunk drivers, with Interstate 84 running through Connecticut being the scene of many wrong-way collisions.
You have rights if you are injured or lose someone you love in a Connecticut wrong-way accident. We recommend getting in touch with our law team as soon as you can to discuss your options. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we will help protect your rights for compensation.
Facts and Stats About Wrong-Way Accidents
Wrong-way accidents make up 300 to 400 deaths in the U.S. annually, according to information from DOT. Many other people are seriously injured.
While these types of accidents are not as common as others, they are more likely to be fatal. They are also more likely to occur at night, on the weekend, and in lanes near the median.
It’s also estimated that over 60% of all wrong-way accidents involve drunk driving.
Common Causes of Wrong-Way Accidents
One of the most frustrating parts of wrong-way accidents is that they are almost always preventable. Even if the at-fault driver isn’t “under the influence,” the cause is often some type of negligence on their part. Some of the most common causes of these accidents include:
- Impaired driving because of drug use, alcohol, or both
- Texting while driving
- Poor interchange design
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Confusing or insufficient traffic control devices or signage
- Improper or insufficient roadway lighting
- Unlicensed or unfit drivers
Common Injuries That Occur in Wrong-Way Accidents
While all types of injuries can occur in a wrong-way accident, there are some that are more common than others. These include:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma (TBIs, concussions, etc.)
- Wrongful death
- Spine, back, and neck trauma
- Thoracic and chest trauma
- Broken facial bones
If you are injured in this type of accident, you have the right to seek financial recovery from the at-fault party. This often includes insurance companies, drivers, vehicle manufacturers, state or local governments, and more.
In most wrong-way accidents, the compensation is usually substantial. Also, the injuries that occur are acute and tend to be extremely debilitating. Because of this, hiring a Connecticut auto accident attorney is best. We have years of experience working with families and victims just like you and who have been involved in this type of situation. Our team will provide comforting and compassionate services to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Hire a Connecticut Accident Attorney for Help with Your Case
Wrong-way accidents can have devastating outcomes. Because of this, it is imperative that you call us as soon as possible after the accident. We will work to ensure that we have the evidence needed to prove your case and ensure you recover the compensation you deserve. If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, reach out to us today. We are here to help with your case and situation.