Wrong-Way Driving Accidents in New York
Experienced New York City Car Crash Lawyers
Wrong-way driving accidents in New York are always serious and usually fatal. There is little protection available to innocent drivers who suddenly find another vehicle hurtling toward them in the wrong direction with nowhere to go.
It is a truly terrifying scenario, one that drivers consistently rank among their most feared. Indeed, it turns up in many of Hollywood’s action and horror films, a reflection of just how desperately we all hope to avoid a wrong-way encounter.
Sadly, these accidents are not limited to the silver screen. They do happen in real life — usually as a result of drunk driving.
In fact, wrong-way accidents account for approximately 300 deaths in the United States every year, with many more injuries included in their toll. The problem is so serious that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) commissioned a special investigation into wrong-way car crashes in 2012.
The NTSB findings include the following:
- While wrong-way accidents are relatively rare when compared to other kinds of accidents (including other head-on collisions), they tend to be fatal, and the fatality rate has remain unchanged for many years.
- Wrong-way collisions occur most often at night, during the weekends, and in lanes closest to a median.
- More than 60% of wrong-way collisions are drunk driving accidents.
- There is not yet enough data to determine how often drugs are involved in wrong-way crashes, whether legal or illegal.
- Older drivers are “over-represented” in wrong-way accidents.
- To be most effective, prevention efforts should focus on traffic control devices, wrong way signage, interchange design, and anti-drunk driving measures.
Ultimately, the NTSB report describes “collisions involving vehicles traveling the wrong way on high-speed divided highways” as “one of the most serious types of highway accidents” and calls on state and local governments to address the issue with urgency.
Senseless Tragedies: Preventable Wrong-Way Driving Accidents in New York
Frustratingly enough, most wrong-way driving accidents in New York are preventable. Even in cases where the at-fault driver is not known to have been under the influence of alcohol, it is likely that some other kind of negligent behavior is to blame.
The most common causes of wrong-way driving accidents in New York include:
- Drunk driving (intoxication)
- Texting and driving (“intextication”)
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving (driver fatigue)
- Unfit or unlicensed drivers
- Inadequate roadway lighting
- Inadequate or confusing traffic signage or traffic control devices
- Poor interchange design.
Injured victims can seek financial recovery from any at-fault party, which may include drivers, vehicle manufacturers, insurance companies, local or state governments, and more. The compensation in these cases tends to be substantial.
Additionally, the experienced New York City car crash lawyers at Kaplan Lawyers PC can help grieving family members secure justice for their loss after a wrongful death. We have extensive experience in working with families in the midst of tragedy. Our mission is to provide compassionate and comforting service, aggressively pursing compensation on your behalf while you take the time you need with the people you love.
Free Consultation with Experienced New York City Car Crash Lawyers
Wrong-way accidents are terrible ordeals, and no one should face them alone. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we offer our clients experienced guidance, aggressive strategies, and unyielding respect.
We invite you to schedule a free consultation with our experienced New York City car crash lawyers to learn more about your rights. Contact us today.
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