Wrong Way Driving Accident Lawyers in New York City
It’s no secret that car accidents can be very serious—even fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 33,736 people were killed as a result of motor traffic accidents in 2014. Some car accidents do not result in significant injury to those involved, but one particular type of automotive accident unfortunately has a risk of fatality and serious injury that is more than others: wrong way collisions. Such head-on accidents often have devastating results, when one vehicle is travelling in the wrong direction slams into another vehicle, frequently at a high rate of speed.
Head-on car collisions can be deadly—on average, more than 300 people perish in these accidents each year.1 Even when there are no fatalities, the victims can be left with crippling injuries.
Were You Injured by a Wrong Way Driver?
If you have been involved in a wrong way accident caused by the negligence of another party, you may have incurred significant injuries that will require time to heal properly. It may be that your capacity to make a full physical recovery is in doubt. These injuries may have a substantial negative impact on your day-to-day lifestyle, making it difficult to perform job duties, go shopping, or carry out other normal responsibilities to which you were accustomed. Your car may have sustained major damage as well.
Thankfully, it’s possible to obtain compensation for injuries and property damage sustained in such accidents. Payments usually comes from the insurance company of the at-fault driver. Relying on the generosity of insurance companies, however, is unlikely to produce the best results. The business model of insurance companies is to pay as little as possible on claims to their policies, even in the case of serious injuries. That’s one reason why you need an experienced New York car accident attorney—like the attorneys at The Dearie Law Firm, P.C.—to ensure that you get the payout to which you are entitled.
Causes of Wrong Way Driving Accidents
Why do wrong way automobile accidents happen? We don’t have to speculate—in 2012, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a comprehensive 67-page study on the topic of wrong way driving accidents. This thoroughly researched government report explains that wrong way collisions tend to be linked to one or more of the following factors:
- Alcohol impairment (accounting for over 60% of wrong way accidents!)
- Nighttime driving (78% of these accidents)
- Weekend driving
- Elderly driver (age 70+)
- Non-standard highway exit ramp signs (which confuse drivers)
- Improper U-turn
- Poor interchange design
- Driving in the lane nearest the median (i.e., #1 lane)
It is strongly suspected that illicit drug use is a major factor in these collisions, but the evidence for this remains unclear due to inadequate reporting methods.
Drivers who are found responsible for a wrong way driving accident can be subject to criminal penalties, such as negligent homicide, depending on the circumstances of the case. They can also be sued in civil court by those victimized in the accident.
What You Can Do
Those who have been badly harmed in a wrong way accident are often uncertain about which course of action they should take. This is understandable. Fortunately, you don’t need to deal with insurance companies and the legal system all by yourself. Experienced New York car accident lawyers, who have dealt with wrong way collisions in the past, understand the law an know how to help clients obtain the settlement they deserve. You can get the legal assistance you need by calling The Dearie Law Firm, P.C.
Contact a Wrong Way Accident Lawyer in New York City
Established more than thirty years ago, The Dearie Law Firm, P.C., specializes in a wide range of personal injury cases, including wrong way driving accidents. To best serve our clients, we maintain four law offices, two in the Bronx, and one each in Manhattan and Brooklyn. In addition, we have three mobile law offices, which travel to clients seven days a week to assist with a variety of legal issues, from video conferencing to conducting depositions. It’s easy to contact one of our personal injury lawyers in New York—you can call us toll-free 24 hours a day at 1-800-2-DEARIE (1-800-233-2743). We’re here to help you with your wrong way driving accident case.