Florida Facing Too Many Wrong Way Crashes Each Year
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were close to 1,500 wrong way car accidents in Florida last year, resulting in almost 1,500 injuries and 100 fatalities. In fact, it has become such a concern in the sunshine state that the Department now must reach out to drivers and actively urge them to stay in the right lane when traveling at night, as that evidently decreases the chances of being involved in a wrong-way crash.
All of these crashes were high impact crashes—typically occurring in the center or left lanes—and resulting in serious injuries or death to the drivers and passengers involved. This is because, in most wrong way crashes, cars are hit head-on, which are some of the most dangerous and deadly crashes. And perhaps most surprisingly, the drivers involved in these collisions often aren’t impaired, necessitating education and outreach to Florida drivers on how to best avoid these types of accidents.
The Department also plans to increase wrong way signage, roadway reflectors, and pavement markings to better help drivers identify proper entrance and exit ramps on the interstate, as well as emergency alert signage letting drivers know when a wrong way driver has been detected.
Even if a driver is not impaired, they can still be charged by troopers with driving the wrong way on a roadway, and a personal injury and/or wrongful death lawsuit can be brought against the driver responsible for any damages. In fact, not only is the driver sometimes sued, but anyone linked to the driver, such as an employer or a restaurant, if the driver was working at the time, or if someone supplied the driver with alcohol, contributing to the accident.
Florida’s wrongful death laws allow any individual who causes the death of someone else by negligence to be sued for damages, as though the deceased would have otherwise been able to bring the lawsuit themselves if they had survived.
Clearwater Car Accident Attorney
While no one ever anticipates that a simple drive is going to turn into a crash, clearly, completely sober, every day drivers are getting in severe wrong way accidents here in Florida, causing serious injuries and even death, in some instances. These accidents can not only alter your life, but the life of your loved ones.
If you’ve been injured in a wrong way accident that wasn’t your fault, experienced Clearwater car accident attorney Mike Walker can help. He understands the difficulties and emotions that arise as the result of accidents like these. He will work with you and help handle any issues that arise with insurance companies, as well as formulate a strategy to help you achieve justice. Contact the office today for a free consultation.