Wrong way driving is one of the most dangerous and preventable causes of an accident. Many lives are lost each year in Virginia due to wrong way drivers. According to a recent study by the National Transportation Safety Board, roughly 360 people are killed annually as a result of these accidents.
A serious auto accident is the likely result of wrong way driving. A very deadly – and very common – location for wrong way driving accidents is on high-speed highways. The high rate of speed and frontal impact are a dangerous combination. Unfortunately, a good percentage of these crashes also involve motorists with high blood alcohol levels. An intoxicated driver can lose complete control of the vehicle, further increasing the severity of the crash. A study found roughly half of all auto accidents involving wrong way drivers result in severe injury or death.
Wrong way drivers are almost always the negligent party in an auto accident – especially if they were driving under the influence of alcohol. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured because of a wrong way motorist, you have the right to file a personal injury case. Please contact a Rutter Mills attorney today to discuss your legal options at 757-622-5000, or contact us through our website to schedule a consultation.