Fatal crash in Dallas shows some factors in wrong-way wrecks
A wrong-way crash in Dallas killed one man and injured four others last Friday. While Dallas authorities have not said why they think the driver went the wrong way on a busy road, wrong-way crashes often involve some kind of impaired driving. These wrecks are thankfully somewhat rare but they are usually devastating for those involved.
The car accident happened on Friday afternoon. A 35-year-old man drove a red car the wrong direction, crashing into an SUV. The SUV was carrying two women and two children. Although the head-on collision killed the man, the other four people suffered injuries and authorities evacuated them to a local hospital. Officials have not said anything about their current conditions.
Wrong-way accidents attract big headlines when they occur and for good reason. Head-on collisions are extremely destructive and dangerous. Contrary to some expectations, wrong-way collisions rarely result from disoriented tourists, confused elderly drivers, or unclear roadway markers. Instead, they usually involve some kind of impairment or distraction. Alcohol, drugs, and driver fatigue account for many crashes. Phone-related distractions can also cause a driver to make this kind of dangerous mistake.
These causes share one big thing in common: usually, the wrong-way driver is clearly responsible for what happened. For the victims of wrong-way crashes, it is important to consult with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer to develop a comprehensive strategy. A personal injury lawsuit can help victims get the compensation they need to get back on their feet as soon as possible.
Source: CBS DFW, "Wrong Way Crash In Dallas Kills One," Oct. 26, 2012