Common Causes and Injuries from Wrong-Way Car Collisions

Each year there are tens of thousands of motor vehicle crashes in South Carolina. Of those, more than 2,000 are wrong-way car collisions, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety Traffic Collision Fact Books. Those wrong-way collisions result in a lot of injuries and fatalities.

If you or a loved one was involved in any type of crash in South Carolina, you should immediately contact a car accident lawyer at Ryan Montgomery Law. We help clients get compensation to cover their losses and regain control of their lives. Call us today at (864) 207-4927 or use our online contact form to reach out for a free case review. 

Wrong-Way Car Accident Injuries

There are more than 800 wrong-way collisions that result in injuries each year in South Carolina. Of those, approximately 225 people are seriously injured and more than 75 people die.

Some of the most common injuries in wrong-way car accidents include the following:

  • Whiplash
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Concussions
  • Airbag injuries
  • Seatbelt injuries
  • Burns
  • Head and neck damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue damage

Why Do Wrong-Way Collisions Often Cause Severe Injuries?

These wrecks result in so many injuries because they often cause head-on collisions, which can be some of the most serious car accidents in South Carolina. When two motor vehicles hit one another head-on, airbags almost always inflate. While airbags can protect you in a serious crash, they inflate at such a high velocity that even they cause additional injuries.

Additionally, when two cars hit one another, there is a jolt of energy that is transferred to the passengers. Your body is forced to stop suddenly, sometimes moving in the opposite direction quickly. This back and forth motion can result in damage to soft tissues and injuries like whiplash are common.

Common Causes of Wrong-Way Car Accidents

Wrong-way car accidents are always the result of human error. In most of these cases, it is driver error; however, there may be other factors to consider.

Some common causes of wrong-way car accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Improper or confusing road signage
  • Work zones with confusing signage
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Newly rerouted or built roadways

Who Is At Fault for Wrong-Way Car Accidents?

In most cases, the driver of the car that is going the wrong way on the road is at fault. However, other parties may be partially or totally to blame also.

Parties who may be at fault for your crash include:

  • The Other Driver – If the other car was driving the wrong way in your lane and caused your crash, then they can be held liable for their negligence. If they were intoxicated or driving while distracted, you may even be able to get punitive damages, which are meant to punish particularly wrongful behavior.
  • A Government Entity – If roadway signage was confusing, improper, or completely missing, then the government that was responsible for that signage may be at fault. There are special rules for suing the government, so you should consult with an attorney right away.
  • A Construction Company – If your wreck occurred in a work zone or construction area, then the construction company may be at fault. Work zone signs can be confusing and may result in crashes.

It’s important to determine exactly what happened in your crash and identify all of the potentially liable parties. If you fail to name anyone in a lawsuit, you may forfeit your right to all of the compensation that you deserve.

Contact Ryan Montgomery Law After a Car Accident

If you were involved in a wrong-way car crash or any other type of car accident, contact a lawyer right away. Your attorney will need to begin an independent investigation to collect evidence. Call our car accident lawyers at Ryan Montgomery Law at (864) 207-4927.