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Auto Accidents and Wrong Way Driving

By Sean Burke on June 21, 2017

A crashed carWrong way driving accidents can be life changing, causing serious injury, permanent disability, or even death. An experienced auto accident attorney can help those who have been injured in a wrong way accident obtain the maximum compensation for their injuries and other damages. Those who have been involved in auto accidents and wrong way driving and live in or around Orange County, CA are encouraged to contact the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke for help with their case.

The Dangers of Wrong Way Driving

Wrong way driving, or driving against the direction of traffic, can be a deadly mistake. When wrong way driving results in a collision, it can lead to serious injuries or even death. Accidents caused by wrong way driving are particularly dangerous and damaging as they often result in head-on collisions. Head-on collisions are often fatal due to the force of impact caused by the speed of two moving vehicles colliding. Those who are involved in and survive a wrong way driving accident may suffer from minor to serious injuries, including:

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis

Why Does Wrong Way Driving Occur?

Wrong way driving may occur for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can interfere with a person's ability to obey traffic laws, control his or her vehicle, and make good decisions, all of which can lead to wrong way driving.
  • Distracted driving: Not focusing on the road while driving and becoming distracted by such things as cell phone use, the radio, or other passengers, can cause a driver to miss important road signs and cause him or her to drive the wrong way.
  • Driving in an unfamiliar area: Driving in an unfamiliar area may lead a person to drive the wrong way as a result of becoming lost or simply not being aware of one-way roads.
  • Poorly marked road: Street signs that indicate one-way roads or caution against driving the wrong way may be missed due to being obstructed by vegetation or other barriers. In other cases, signage may be lacking or streets may be poorly marked, causing a driver to drive the wrong way without realizing it.

Seeking Damages in a Wrong Way Accident

Those who have been injured in a wrong way accident caused by another person's negligence or as a result of obstruction or lack of signage, may be entitled to compensation for damages sustained in their accident. Damages may include financial compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, and damage to property. It's important for those who have been injured in a wrong way accident to contact a car accident attorney to ensure their legal rights are protected while also ensuring they receive the maximum compensation for injuries and other damages.

Contact the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke

If you or a loved one has been involved in a wrong way accident, you're encouraged to contact the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke. Our experienced car accident attorneys will fight on your behalf to ensure you receive the maximum compensation for your pain and suffering.

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