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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.

wrong-way-1460388It 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.

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Earlier this month in Deerfield Beach, a wrong-way accident claimed the lives of four people and seriously injured a fifth person. According to one local news report, the accident took place at around 9:30 in the evening in the northbound lanes of U.S. 27, just north of Interstate 75.

road-2-sky-scene-1310640Evidently, the accident occurred when a southbound Volvo sedan inexplicably crossed over the center median and into the innermost northbound lane of travel. At the same time, a northbound minivan was traveling north in the same lane, and the two vehicles collided head-on. After the impact, the Volvo sedan spun around and ended up in the median. The minivan rolled onto its side and ended up on the east shoulder of the road.

The driver of the Volvo, as well as three of the four people in the minivan, were all pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The fourth minivan passenger survived the accident and was found roaming the area in a state of shock. He was airlifted to Broward Health North, where he is undergoing tests but is expected to survive. Police have indicated to reporters that the investigation is far from complete.

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Earlier this month in Martin County, a volunteer football coach was killed in an early-morning accident. According to one local news report, the accident occurred just before five in the morning on the 10000 block of Southwest Pratt-Whitney Road.

danger-795594-mEvidently, the coach was heading southbound on Pratt-Whitney Road when another vehicle traveling the wrong way collided with the coach’s vehicle, hitting him head-on. The coach was tragically pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by emergency workers. The driver of the other vehicle was also injured, although he survived the initial collision and was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Investigators told reporters that the coach was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, but the other driver was not.

Police are currently in the midst of a homicide investigation and have not yet released their findings. Criminal charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

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