Wrong-way accidents are always caused by extremely careless or reckless drivers, and they often result in catastrophic injuries to victims, including other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on the road. Raleigh car accident attorney Carl Nagle helps victims and families who are dealing with the consequences of a serious crash. At Nagle & Associates, we only represent victims of roadway accidents, and as a result we recognize the full extent of the financial burdens that often follow motor vehicle collisions. We have guided people in Asheville, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem, among other cities throughout North Carolina, through the process of seeking the full amount of compensation that they need for their past and future losses.
Protecting the Right to Compensation for a Wrong-Way Accident
Careless drivers can be held financially liable for the injuries and damage that they cause. When a driver disobeys posted road signs or fails to recognize and correct the fact that they are driving the wrong way, their conduct may lead to a life-changing accident. In many cases, wrong-way accidents are head-on collisions because the victim’s vehicle was traveling in the proper direction when it collided with the at-fault driver.
Through a personal injury claim or lawsuit, a victim can legally compel the at-fault driver and their insurance carriers to pay generous compensation for their losses. While there are many factors that may lead to a driver traveling in the wrong direction, including distracted driving, speeding, and driving while intoxicated, these accidents almost never occur unless a driver acted with extreme disregard for traffic laws and for the rights and safety of others who share the road.
Violating a North Carolina motor vehicle law by driving the wrong way on a road may change the standard requirement that a plaintiff show that the defendant failed to act with the proper care. Driving the wrong way on a road may lead to a presumption of negligence, which means that the defendant would be required to show that they were not negligent to avoid liability, assuming that the wrong-way driving caused the crash and the victim’s injuries.
One potential challenge for people pursuing claims against negligent drivers may arise if the defendant driver attempts to avoid paying damages by alleging that the victim contributed to their own injuries. In the case of a collision caused by a driver traveling the wrong way, this may be difficult. However, if the plaintiff is found to have even partly caused the accident, perhaps by failing to notice the wrong-way driver because of distracted driving, they will not recover compensation. In protecting your right to compensation against allegations of comparative fault, knowledgeable legal counsel from an attorney who has handled many of these cases is an invaluable asset toward a winning case.
Due to the typically severe nature of wrong-way accidents, some families face the consequences of a fatal collision and the loss of a loved one. Pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against the defendant driver will allow the family to collect compensation for the benefit of heirs and surviving family member. The types of damages that may be recovered are set forth in the North Carolina Wrongful Death Act, and these laws are fully summarized in the Wrongful Death and Fatal Injury section of this website. Damages that can be collected include medical expenses incurred during all life-saving efforts, funeral expenses, lost income that the decedent/victim would have earned over their lifetime, lost services and companionship of the decedent and sometimes punitive damages.
Seek Guidance from a Car Accident Attorney in the Raleigh Area
The shock of a wrong-way collision extends beyond the moment of impact. For people hurt in a crash, it is important to recognize that you may assert a legal right to compensation. Raleigh car accident lawyer Carl Nagle provides comprehensive, efficient legal advocacy, aggressively pursuing compensation that may help to ease the burden following a serious collision. Nagle & Associates has helped accident victims throughout North Carolina, including residents of Asheville, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Hickory, Greensboro, Charlotte, and other cities in Wake, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Forsyth, Durham, Catawba, and New Hanover Counties. Contact our office to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney by using our online form or by calling us toll free at (800) 411-1583.