Wrong Way Car Accident Causes Major Injuries
Earlier this year, a woman in Nashville caused serious injuries after causing a wrong way car accident on Interstate 65. Alina Green, 34, was driving north in the southbound lanes of I-65 around 6:15 a.m. when her vehicle struck another one head-on in a wrong way crash. After striking the first vehicle, her car continued traveling north before striking a second vehicle and coming to a stop. A four year old child in Green’s vehicle was ejected from the car during the multi-vehicle crash. The child had been strapped into a car seat, but the car seat was not secured in the vehicle. After the accident, the child was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. Green was arrested and charged with aggravated reckless endangerment.
Wrong way car accidents are not the most common type of crash, but they routinely cause some of the most serious injuries for victims. At Mitch Grissim & Associates in Nashville, our team of highly qualified legal professionals is here to help you and your loved ones after a wrong way crash. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation of your injury claims.
Wrong Way Car Accidents
The National Transportation Safety Board analyzed the severity of wrong way car accidents nationwide and found that while these accidents occur infrequently, they are far more likely than other types of crashes to cause serious injuries and death. Only about three percent of all car accidents are wrong way crashes, defined as when a vehicle is traveling in the opposite direction of legal traffic, which includes travel on interstates as well as traveling the wrong way on entrance and exit ramps. State studies over the years have found that fatality rates for wrong way accidents can range from twelve to 27 times higher than other types of accidents on the roadway.
The number one overwhelming cause of wrong way accidents is driving under the influence. Up to sixty percent of drivers that cause wrong way accidents are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash. This also often adds to the severity of the accident because the driver traveling the wrong way cannot mitigate or avoid an accident due to their impairment. In addition, over three-quarters of all wrong way accidents nationwide happen at night, and over half take place on weekends. It is also common that the drivers who cause wrong way accidents are driving without a license or have a history of serious traffic violations prior to the crash. If you or someone you know was injured in a wrong way accident around the Nashville area, it is important that you speak with an expert in car accident claims about the case.
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To learn more about your legal options after being injured, call or contact Mitch Grissim & Associates today to schedule a free consultation with a Nashville car accident attorney.