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Wrong Way Accidents in Florida are Rare but Deadly

Nationwide data indicates that wrong way accidents may be rare but they can also be deadly. A wrong way accident is responsible for killing approximately 360 individuals every single year.

While these crashes make up a relatively small percentage of the number of vehicle accidents on high speed divided highways in the last couple of years, they are much more likely to lead to serious injuries and fatalities than other kinds of crashes.

That's according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as the National Transportation Safety Board. In fact, wrong way crashes have a 27 times higher fatality rate than other types of accidents.

When Wrong Way Accidents Can Kill

Going the wrong way might seem like an honest mistake, but it can be extremely deadly as drivers in the other lanes have no reason to expect that someone will be coming the opposite direction.

Particularly if the vehicle going the wrong way is travelling at a high rate of speed, the driver going the right way may be unable to react in time to avoid a serious accident.

This can lead to devastating repercussions and injuries for the victims involved in an accident.

It can also easily lead to multiple car pile-ups as drivers behind those initially involved in the accident may not have time to stop and flag down other drivers to alert them of an obstacle in the roadway.

When Wrong Way Driving Happens Most Often

Going the wrong way frequently happens at night when individuals are either drunk, or are not paying attention, or unable to see signs that indicate they are going the wrong direction.

Drivers most frequently end up going in the wrong direction when they enter an exit ramp going the wrong way. This happens a lot when the driver does not realize that he or she has entered an exit ramp rather than an entrance ramp.

Another challenge with wrong way crashes is that drivers are more likely to be improperly licensed to drive than drivers in other kinds of vehicle accidents. Likewise, alcohol, as in other accidents, can be a major factor, increasing the injury and fatality rate.

In fact, alcohol was stipulated as twice as likely to be a factor in a fatal wrong way car crash than other types of deadly wrecks.

If you have recently been injured in an accident involving someone who was going the wrong way, it is still important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney, even if you believe that the facts of the case are easily laid out.

It is important to illustrate liability in a case like this and demonstrate that the injuries you sustained were the result of another person's actions or failure to act.

In a wrong way accident, this might seem as though this is relatively simple to prove, but you can expect that the other party and his or her insurance company may work hard to minimize their own liability.

This is why you need a lawyer who will fight aggressively for the best outcome for you, and protect your rights for the duration of the case.

When setting up an initial consultation with a Miami personal injury lawyer make sure to ask questions about the lawyer's background and comfort level in handling these kinds of cases.

You want to make sure that you have a lawyer who will not back down when a low ball settlement is offered by the other party's insurance company or other negligent entities.

It is imperative that you have someone who will work hard to identify alternative dispute resolution methods, but also recognize when the settlement offers made in these alternative dispute resolution methods are not in line with your individual needs.

Sometimes the settlement offer will not truly and fairly compensate you for the injuries you have sustained in a wrong way accident.

Consult with Florida Car Accident Lawyer Today

Getting help from a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible after you've been in an accident like this is a critical first step for empowering you and allowing you to focus on recovering after a devastating wreck.

As an injured person in a wrong way crash you have rights and it is imperative that you protect them as soon as possible by hiring a lawyer.

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