Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
There are many obvious dangers put into play by wrong-way drivers. The risk of head-on collisions is clearly very high; those crashes are some of the most violent, devastating collisions that can take place.
A less-obvious danger of wrong-way driving is that the driver doesn’t see stop signs at intersections or other traffic signs as they drive along. There are no stop signs in the usual spots because all signs are facing in the other direction. An Ohio man was recently seriously injured when a wrong-way driver failed to stop at an intersection, slamming hard into the side of his vehicle.
It was a little after three in the afternoon when the 25-year-old woman was driving the wrong way on a one-way street in Richmond, Indiana, near the Ohio border. Her SUV slammed into the passenger side of the 65-year-old’s Jeep Liberty, flipping the vehicle on to its driver’s side. The Jeep slid on its side until it popped upright again.
In the street lay the SUV’s bumper and pieces of shattered plastic and bent metal.
The man was flown to an Ohio hospital with serious injuries, a news report stated.
We don’t know why the 25-year-old was going the wrong way in the middle of the day, but we do know that in many similar incidents, younger drivers have been found to be too busy with their phones to pay proper attention to street signs, traffic and other vehicles. We don’t know if that’s the case here, but it is certainly a possibility an experienced personal injury attorney would carefully investigate as they pursue full compensation for medical expenses present and future, and other damages.