Head-On Collision Lawyer Tampa, FL
Imagine you are driving your vehicle, heading to your destination in Florida, when suddenly you see another vehicle heading straight for you, driving in the wrong direction. What do you do? At Jeff Murphy Law, each head-on collision lawyer Tampa, FL clients trust has successfully handled countless cases that were the result of a person driving the wrong way. We know how devastating the resulting injuries can be. This is why we work diligently to get victims the financial compensation they deserve.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), almost 400 people are killed each year in accidents caused by wrong-way driving. Because of the way vehicles are traveling towards each other, they are usually more severe – and deadly – than other types of car crashes.
In a report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), there were common factors found in wrong-way driving accidents were found. These factors included:
• The most common type of wrong-way driving was a vehicle entering an exit ramp. The report points out that this could be caused by the driver being unfamiliar with the area he or she is driving in or the exit had signage that was not clear.
• The majority of wrong-way driving accidents occur in the lane which is closest to the road’s median.
• There is a higher probability of a wrong-way driving accident occurring at night compared to the daylight hours. Almost 80 percent of these crashes happen between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Some of the possible reasons cited were lack of visibility, drowsy drivers, and drivers who were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• More wrong-way driving crashes occur on the weekends than during the week.
An auto accident lawyer Tampa, FL families turn to knows that another common factor found in wrong-way driving accidents is that the majority of these drivers are operating their vehicles drunk. Almost 75 percent of wrong-way driving accidents are caused by a drunk driver and in most cases, the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is almost twice the legal limit.
Although states and municipalities may be able to improve road designs and signage in areas where wrong-way accidents have been a problem, in the majority of cases, the toughest weapon against wrong-way driving accidents is to stop drunk driving. In their report, the NTSB called on all states to adopt stricter drunk driving laws, including requiring anyone who has even one DUI conviction to use an ignition interlock device (IID). These devices prevent a vehicle from starting if a person has a BAC of more than 0.08.
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If you’ve been injured in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, contact Jeff Murphy Law to find out what legal recourse you may have against the driver for your pain and loss. Call our office today to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a dedicated Tampa, FL head-on collision lawyer.