Wrong Way Accidents
Vehicle Collision Lawyer Serving Massachusetts Residents
If you or a loved one was injured in a wrong way accident, chances are that you are suffering serious injuries and disruption in your life. Wrong way accidents are incredibly dangerous because they often result in head-on or T-bone collisions as one car tries to swerve to get out of the way. Although roadways have signage to inform drivers of where to enter or exit a freeway or other roadway, there are many instances in which a driver either fails to see the sign or misunderstands the sign, causing him or her to enter a road going the wrong way. A Massachusetts car accident attorney at our firm is prepared to help you fight for the compensation that you deserve following a painful and avoidable accident.
Wrong Way Accidents in Massachusetts
In many wrong way accidents, the driver who is traveling in the wrong direction often does not realize it until it is too late to avoid colliding with oncoming traffic. Even if the driver does realize it, he or she may be unable to navigate backwards to exit the situation safely. This means that wrong way accidents typically happen at high rates of speed, especially because the oncoming traffic rarely expects to encounter a car traveling directly at them.
There are a few common reasons why wrong way accidents take place. First, if a driver is intoxicated due to alcohol consumption, he or she may not be able to read roadway signs properly or he or she may misjudge where he or she is supposed to enter a roadway. Illegal and prescription drugs can also contribute to a driver’s inability to identify a “do not enter” sign above a roadway entrance. Fog, heavy rain or snow, and other inclement weather can also obscure signage, as can trees or shrubs that are not maintained properly by a municipality. Further, distracted driving is one of the most common occurrences on the road today. It involves situations where drivers are engaged in other activities like checking email, texting, eating, or tuning the radio while operating their vehicles. This makes it difficult for drivers to pay attention to signage and the roadway around them. Some drivers may fall asleep behind the wheel, causing them to veer into an adjacent lane of oncoming traffic, or the driver of a vehicle that was attempting to pass a car may have misjudged whether it was safe to travel into the other lane.
Personal Injury Lawsuits
Regardless of how the wrong way accident took place, you can bring a personal injury accident lawsuit to pursue compensation for the injuries and damages that you sustained. The first step in the accident is to show that the other driver failed to drive with reasonable care and skill similar to how a prudent driver would operate his or her vehicle when facing the same scenario. You will also need to show that this failure was the direct cause of your injuries and damages. If the other driver can point to some other substantial factor, including examples of your own negligent conduct at the time of the crash, then you may be prohibited from recovering compensation even if the other driver was negligent. A skilled car accident lawyer can help you contest arguments of this nature.
Damages in a wrong way accident can be incredibly significant if the crash happened at a high speed and resulted in a head-on collision. You can seek recovery for your past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, and any reduced quality of life that you must now face as a result of permanent injuries and disabilities.
Meet with a Tenacious Car Accident Lawyer Serving Massachusetts
The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. understands how stressful and disruptive a car accident can be for the victim and his or her family. Whether your injuries are relatively minor or severe, you deserve someone who will fight for your rights and provide you with compassionate and responsive legal counsel. An attorney at our firm is available to represent clients in areas around Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Waltham, Quincy, Norwood, Brookline, Dedham, and Peabody. To schedule a free consultation, call today at (800) 262-9200 or contact us online to get started.