Between 300 and 400 people lose their lives each year in wrong-way car accidents in the United States, according to the Federal Highway Administration. This translates to approximately one percent of the total number of traffic deaths that occur annually on U.S. roads and highways. This is a relatively small percentage of the total number of people killed in car wrecks, but it also highlights the fact that wrong-way accidents are often severe and cause tremendous damage to the individuals involved.
A tragic, and likely preventable, accident occurred on the 405 Freeway in West Los Angeles, CA.The operator of a pick-up truck was reportedly traveling southbound in the northbound HOV lane when the pick-up truck slammed head-on with a sedan near the Getty Center Drive exit, according to ABC News.
The collision was so severe that the operator of the sedan hit by the wrong-way driver died as a result of their injuries. The wrong-way driver was transported to an area hospital for treatment. As of the date of this posting, it is not known if alcohol or drugs played a role in the wreck.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the victim. Losing a loved one in a sudden, unexpected accident is a gut-wrenching and traumatic experience. In the blink of an eye, your world is turned upside down and you are forced to grapple with a “new normal” lacking your spouse, sibling, parent, etc.
Common Causes of Wrong-Way Car Accidents
There are certain patterns or trends identified by traffic specialists when analyzing these types of serious collisions. In many instances, wrong-way wrecks can be attributed to some, or a combination, of the following causes:
- Motorist operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Excessively drowsy or fatigued motorist operating a vehicle;
- Texting while driving, which results in the motorist missing important traffic signs and signals
- Speeding or making reckless maneuvers resulting in a loss of control of the vehicle
What To Do If You Lost a Loved One in a Wrong-Way Accident
If you are grieving from the loss of a loved one due to a wrong-way accident,you may be feeling angry and want to hold the reckless driver accountable for causing the fatal collision that took the life of your loved one. This is perfectly understandable and one of the many reasons why it makes sense to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney to discuss your legal options.
One option is to pursue a wrongful death claim against the reckless driver’s insurance company. Obviously, no amount of money will bring back your loved one, but a wrongful death claim can help you and your family during the difficult and tumultuous period proceeding an unexpected loss, especially when the victim was the breadwinner for a family.
Speak to an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles Today
If you have lost a loved one in a wrong-way accident caused by another motorist, the Law Offices of Ramtin Sadighim is here to help. Our legal team possesses the experience, dedication and compassion to advocate for you in the wake of a devastating loss. We work tirelessly to help you find peace and financial stability. Contact our office today to schedule a free, confidential case review at 888.999.8744 or for further information please visit www.CaliAccidentAttorney.com.