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Head On Crash on I95 Kills Florida Man Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Wrong way collisions often happen when it’s dark, on the weekends and involve drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

A head on collision with a truck on a highway would be a nightmare come true. Unfortunately it was the reality for a Fernandina Beach man who was driving on I-95 in southern Georgia last month. A vehicle going the wrong way on a highway could have a number of causes, but negligence would almost certainly be a factor says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Head on collisions, especially when they involve a passenger vehicle and a much larger commercial truck, have a high rate of serious injuries and fatalities. This accident took the life of the driver of an SUV, which was struck by a Federal Express semi-truck hauling tandem trailers that crossed a divider barrier and went into the opposite lanes, reports the Florida Times-Union. The driver and a passenger in the truck were not injured.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) issued a report of a study of wrong way crashes occurring on interstate freeways and expressways throughout the state from 2009 to 2013. During that time 280 crashes occurred causing more than 400 injuries and 75 deaths. Study results include,

  • The majority of wrong way travel starts from entering the freeway/expressway from an exit ramp.
  • Weekends and early morning hours were more common times for wrong way crashes.
  • Alcohol and/or drugs were involved in 45% of wrong way crashes. That’s more than 16 times the proportion for freeway/expressway crashes in general for Florida.
  • The majority of wrong way crashes (71%) happened when in dark conditions, while overall only 29% of accidents happened when it was dark.
  • Drivers younger than 30 years old accounted for 42% of the wrong way crashes, which is 8% less than the number of all crashes attributable to that age group.
  • Drivers 75 years old and older accounted for 4.6% of all the wrong way crashes in the study. This is more than three times the proportion from statewide trends on overall freeway/expressway crashes (1.4%). FDOT concluded these older drivers are more at higher risk of being in, if not causing, a wrong way-related crash.
  • About 75% of wrong way crashes happened in urban areas and 25% in rural areas.
  • The areas where wrong way crashes were most common were District 2 (49, Northeastern Florida), Turnpike System (49), District 6 (37, South Florida) and District 5 (35, Central Florida).

If you’re driving down the highway or street and see another vehicle headed towards you, you literally might not believe your eyes, especially if you’re driving at night or when visibility is poor. But these accidents happen and we represent those who suffer injuries, and the families of people killed, due to negligent drivers traveling the wrong way.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused in a vehicle accident involving a head on collision, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Wrong Way Driver Kills One in Georgia Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Wrong way drivers are a menace to those of us on the road and likely to cause serious injuries and fatalities says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Drivers going the wrong way are especially dangerous. They may be intoxicated, asleep or for some other reason be so incapacitated they’re not fully in control of their vehicle. Those facing this danger need to act fast because the vehicles are heading directly towards each other. Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne says these accidents often cause serious injuries or deaths.  To learn more about the different causes of wrong way crashes watch Joe’s video on  YouTube.

Earlier this month a Fernandina Beach, Florida resident was killed when his vehicle was struck on Interstate 95 in Brunswick, Georgia, by a Federal Express semi-trailer that crossed a barrier and went the wrong way onto the northbound lanes on I-95. Two people in the truck were not injured, according to the Florida Times-Union.

Wrong way crashes cause 300 to 400 deaths annually on average, which is about 1% of all the traffic related fatalities that occur each year. Though the percentage is small, because these crashes involve head on or opposite direction sideswipe crashes at high speeds, they tend to be more severe than other types of crashes, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Staff from the FHWA and the Michigan Department of Transportation analyzed 110 wrong way crashes that occurred on the Michigan freeway system from 2005 to 2009. The results are that these crashes have a high chance of being “highly severe.”

  • 32%, or 35 accidents, caused at least one fatality or incapacitating injury.
  • 2% of all Michigan freeway crashes in the same time frame caused deaths or incapacitating injuries.
  • These 35 drivers going the wrong way caused 30 fatalities and 36 incapacitating injuries.

The severity of a crash was linked to how far the vehicle drove onto the highway, probably due to the speed of the vehicles involved. Only 6% of the accidents that occurred on an exit ramp resulted in a death or incapacitating injury while 42% of the crashes on the highway itself did the same.

Other findings were that,

  • There was a high level of driver impairment and accidents at night or early morning.
  • Of the 110 crashes, the impairment of nine of the drivers was unknown. For the remaining 101, wrong way drivers were under the influence of drugs in 60 accidents. Fifty-three of the drivers tested positive for alcohol or tested positive for drugs and
  • 57% of the crashes happened between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. while generally only 16% of the total Michigan freeway crashes occurred during a similar late night time period.
  • Of the 35 wrong way accidents researchers considered “serious,” 71% of the fatal and incapacitating wrong way crashes happened from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., compared 23% percent for other serious freeway crashes in Michigan.
  • 78% or 86 of the 110 crashes occurred under conditions of darkness, which may indicate that wrong way highway entry is the result of a confused driver and darkness may obscure many of the cues and signs that are more visible in the daytime.
  • Driver age was obtained for 104 of the wrong way drivers. There was a mostly equal distribution across the range of ages, with a slight increase towards younger drivers.
  • If impairment is factored in the age distribution changes. Of 41 unimpaired drivers 34% were age 65 or older and only 5% were under the age of 25. Generally drivers 65 or older are involved in less than 12% of the vehicle crashes in Michigan.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a vehicle accident involving a driver going the wrong way, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.