Whenever a wrong-way accident in Georgia occurs, people wonder how it happens. Whether a driver enters the highway going the wrong way, turns the wrong way down a one-way street, or crosses over the double-yellow line and into oncoming traffic, wrong-way wrecks often cause fatal injuries. There are many reasons why drivers travel in the wrong direction on a city street, rural highway, or busy interstate including: drunk driving, drugged driving, distracted driving, texting while driving, poor eyesight, dementia, poor visibility, or lack of road signs.
Understanding the Different Actions in Wrong-Way Accidents
- Turning the wrong way down a one-way street – This type of behavior occurs because the driver is distracted, confused, or not paying close enough attention; however, sometimes poor signage or a lack of signage may have contributed to this type of wrong-way crash.
- Entering the interstate exit ramp in the wrong direction - While it may be a mistake to turn the wrong way down a one-way street due to lack of signage, it is never a mistake to get onto an interstate ramp traveling in the wrong direction. “Do Not Enter” signs are posted on every exit ramp. Drivers who get on the freeway traveling in the wrong direction are typically impaired. In fact, most wrong-way drivers are drunk or have used drugs prior to getting behind the wheel.
- Crossing over the double yellow into oncoming traffic – Drivers who cross over the line are often drunk or drugged. Also, they may be driving while distracted. One minute they are traveling fine, but they look down to send or read a text message and their car drifts into the oncoming lane.
When a wrong-way driver is traveling at highway speeds into oncoming traffic, it typically ends with a head-on collision that causes disabling or fatal injuries for those involved. If your loved one was a victim of a wrong-way crash, you may have a Georgia wrongful-death claim. It is critical that you speak with an experienced wrongful-death attorney to help you find out about your rights.
For help pursuing justice and compensation for your losses, please call a Peachtree City wrongful-death attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for a free legal consultation.