The Tragic Results of Head-on Collisions and Why Wrong-Way Accidents Happen
According to Local 10 News, “The Git Up” singer Blanco Brown was placed in intensive care after suffering significant injuries in a head-on vehicle collision near Atlanta in September. BBR Music Group, the writer-producer’s record label, released a statement indicating that he underwent a 12-hour surgery after being transported to a local hospital and that additional surgeries were expected. Brown’s combination of country and trap music went viral on the app TikTok earlier in the year where people recreated his dance moves or added their own dances and tagged it to #TheGitUpChallenge. After propelling the singer into viral fame, the catchy tune was listed on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for three months and reached No. 14 on the all-genre Hot 100 chart.
The Reason Behind the Danger
When a car travels in a direction that opposes the legal flow of traffic and accidents occur, the results are often devastating, especially when they occur at high speeds. The main reason for this is the kind of collision that typically happens. The National Traffic Safety Board has asserted that the vast majority of wrong-way collisions on controlled-access highways are head-on events. And unfortunately, head-on accidents often lead to debilitating injuries, the victim becoming permanently disabled, or even death. In many cases, these tragic results are due to the negligent or reckless actions of someone else.
Understanding the Causes
In addition to understanding how these accidents occur, it is also relevant to know why they happen. It may not come as a surprise that these collisions often take place late at night during weekends when people are most likely to be under the influence of other substances and less likely to be thinking about the consequences of their actions. In addition, while the reasons for driving in the wrong direction vary, the most common causes of wrong-way accidents often include factors such as:
- Fatigued driving
- Distracted driving
- Drivers who are unfamiliar with the roadways
- Getting on the wrong freeway entrance ramp
- Not enough or poorly placed signs
- Poor visibility
- Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Poorly designed roadways
- Turning onto a one-way street in the wrong direction
- Drivers who are suffering from mental health problems
Contacting Us is the Right Thing to Do
Anyone who has been seriously injured in a car accident that they suspect was caused by someone else needs an experienced advocate who is working on their behalf. In this case, it is in your best interests to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure your entitlement to compensation is protected from the very beginning of your claim and that you minimize the chances of doing something that could hurt your legal rights. As the Fort Myers personal injury lawyers at The Pendas Law Firm, we know that obtaining the compensation you deserve can be a complex process and you can depend on us to fight for your success. We handle cases from all over the state of Florida in court and against insurance companies and there is no cost for an initial appointment to discuss your claim. Schedule a free consultation by contacting us today.
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