Accidents that occur on a freeway, highway, or other high-speed road are inherently more dangerous due to the speeds involved. While it is very important that drivers always use the utmost care when driving, this is especially true when drivers are operating their vehicles on the highway. Drivers should always pay complete attention to what they are doing, and they should avoid driving while distracted while on the highway.
It goes without saying that the dangers of highway driving only increase when a driver is operating their vehicle on the wrong side of the road. While most highway on-ramps and off-ramps are clearly marked, an intoxicated or distracted driver may not see these signs or road markings, and he or she may end up traveling the wrong way on a high-speed road. This puts not just the wrong-way driver at risk but also anyone else who unfortunately happens to be traveling in the oncoming direction.
Whenever an intoxicated or distracted driver ends up traveling the wrong way on a one-way road, or is traveling in the wrong direction on the highway, an accident is very likely to occur. When it does, the driver who caused the accident may be held responsible for any injuries caused as a result of their negligence. This can be done through either a negligence lawsuit, if the accident victim survived, or a wrongful death lawsuit, if the victim died as a result of the accident. In either event, the plaintiff will need to show that the other driver violated a duty of care he or she owed to the injured party. It must also be established that the negligent act of the defendant was the cause of the victim’s injuries.
Young Woman Killed on I-95 By Wrong-Way Driver
Earlier this week on Interstate 95, a two-vehicle accident claimed the life of one young woman and seriously injured three others. According to one local news report, the accident took place on I-95 just south of the Biscayne Boulevard exit.
Evidently, a Honda was traveling in the northbound lanes when a Toyota approached from the oncoming direction. Unable to avoid the collision, the driver of the Honda ended up colliding head-on with the Toyota. The two passengers in the Honda were rushed to Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center and admitted in critical condition. Sadly, the driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota was also admitted to the hospital.
One state trooper commented to reporters that there was no initial explanation as to why the driver of the Toyota was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. He commented that the lanes are all well marked, and there were even markers not far from where the accident occurred that were placed to deter drivers from entering the highway going the wrong direction.
Have You Been Involved in a Florida Wrong-Way Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Florida auto accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for all that you have been put through. It is important to note, however, that proving a case is not necessarily as easy as showing that the other driver was traveling the wrong direction on the highway. There are other factual elements that must be proven before a plaintiff will be successful. T0 learn more about Florida accident law as it applies to your case, and to speak with a dedicated South Florida personal injury attorney, call one of the skilled advocates at Cecere Santana today at 800-753-5529. Calling is free and will not result in any obligation on your part unless we are able to help you recover damages for your injuries.
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Miami County Motorcycle Accident Critically Injures Rider and Passenger, Cecere Santana Injury Lawyers Blog, published November 25, 2015.