There may be no driving experience more frightening than seeing a set of headlights coming directory at you on the road. The seconds after that discovery can be filled with panic, fear and confusion. Sadly, these situations often end with a devastating head-on collision.
Often, when a driver is driving the wrong way down a road — especially when it is for an extended period of time — he or she is seriously impaired by alcohol or drugs. When motorists are under the influence, they can make dangerous decisions and don’t necessarily pay much attention to their surroundings. They miss things like sounds or signs warning them that they are going the wrong way. In too many cases, the only thing that stops a wrong-way driver is serious crash.
When two vehicles collide head-on, the damage to the cars and the people inside can be catastrophic. Despite all the safety features of modern vehicles, people experience brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and even crushing injuries resulting in amputation when they are involved in these types of accidents. In the most upsetting cases, these injuries prove to be fatal.
A recent video report on Good Morning America discussed the subject of head-on collisions and compiled a few different recordings of accidents involving wrong-way drivers. In the videos, it is quite obvious that a wrong-way driver was to blame for the eventual crash. However, not all accidents are recorded so there isn’t always video evidence to review.
In many cases involving a wrong-way driver, it is crucial to speak with witnesses, work with accident re-constructionists and go over police reports to figure out the chain events, especially when the victims are not able to explain what happened due to the injuries suffered in the crash.
Considering the extent of damage that can be caused in these types of collisions, it may be crucial to seek compensation from a negligent or reckless driver. Working through this difficult situation with the support and guidance of an attorney familiar with these types of accident claims can be quite beneficial for victims and their families.