Common Causes of Wrong Way Car Crashes

It seems like wrong-way crashes should be easy to avoid if all drivers stayed in their own lanes. Unfortunately, drivers don’t always stay on their sides of the road or travel the right way on one-way roads, and dangerous wrong-way head-on collisions can result.

Six Causes of Wrong-Way Crashes

A driver may be on the wrong side of a two-lane road, in the wrong lane on a highway, or traveling in the wrong direction on a one-way street, if, for example:

  • The driver is drunk or under the influence of drugs
  • The driver is distracted by a cell phone, GPS, passenger, or for any other reason
  • The driver is not familiar with the area
  • The driver tries to pass another car
  • The driver loses control of the vehicle and ends up in the wrong lane after speeding, or a tire blow out
  • The road is not well marked

When a driver is on the wrong side of the road, catastrophic injuries may result. Both drivers may be traveling at relatively high speeds and may be unable to avoid a direct head-on collision. The accident can cause a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, broken bone, internal injury, or death for one or both drivers and any vehicle passengers.

What Caused Your Wrong-Way Crash

Often, a full investigation will need to be done to determine what caused your head-on collision. Evidence needs to be gathered and analyzed to decide whether or not you have a lawsuit worth pursuing.

Our experienced Wisconsin car accident lawyers know what:

  • Questions to ask
  • Evidence to gather
  • Arguments to make
  • Steps to take to protect your legal rights
  • Compensation to pursue

We would be happy to review all of this with you during a free consultation in our Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, or Wausau office or in your home or hospital room. Call us or start a live chat with us now to schedule your meeting.

Jason F. Abraham
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