If you suffered injuries in a head-on collision, a Los Angeles wrong way accident lawyer may be able to help you seek justice. A wrong-way accident can cause catastrophic damage to a vehicle and serious or life-threatening injuries to its occupants. If a car is struck head-on, the driver and passengers may suffer head trauma, concussions, broken bones, back and neck injuries, severe cuts, and lost limbs. Victims may be paralyzed or even killed.
People who survive a wrong way accident may have to cope with its effects for the rest of their lives. They may find it difficult or impossible to work and care for their families. They may suffer permanent scars and disfigurement. Traumatic brain injuries may affect their ability to communicate and to complete basic activities of daily living. Victims of a head-on collision may need long-term or even lifelong care.
The financial effects of such an accident can be devastating. A pile of medical bills, plus the inability to work, may leave a family struggling to cover basic necessities, including housing and food. Plans for the future, such as enjoying a relaxing retirement and paying for children’s college education, may be dashed in an instant.
We can investigate the circumstances that led to the wrong way accident and pursue compensation for your injuries. Call our office at (800)794-0444 to speak with a member of our team.
How a Wrong-Way Accident Can Occur
In many areas, particularly in large cities, a road or a portion of a road is designated for travel in only one direction, according to Sec. 21657 of the California Statutes. Street patterns that contain a mixture of one-way and two-way roads can be confusing, especially for drivers who are not familiar with the area. If a driver turns the wrong way down a one-way street or is unaware that a two-lane road turns into a one-way road in a particular area, a vehicle may collide with another head-on.
Solid double lines on a road indicate that drivers are supposed to stay to the right of the lines, although a driver may legally cross the lines to make a left turn. Sometimes a driver swerves to avoid a pothole, an animal, or some other hazard and crosses over the lines into oncoming traffic. In other cases, a driver who is talking on a cell phone, texting, or fiddling with the radio becomes distracted. Even if a driver’s eyes are only off the road for a matter of seconds, that is enough time to cause a wrong-way accident that can have devastating consequences for a driver and passengers in another vehicle.
If a road has two parallel lines and one of the lines is broken, a driver on the side of the road with the broken line may cross to the other side to pass a slower vehicle, per Sec. 21460 of the California Statutes. Sometimes a driver who is eager to pass another vehicle will cross to the other side of the road before reaching a section with a broken line. In other cases, a driver crosses over, but the car is still on the left side of the road after leaving the area with a broken line. If a driver coming from the other direction cannot see the vehicle on its side of the road, or if a driver moves to the left side of the road in an area where that is not permitted while another driver is approaching from the other direction, the cars can collide head-on.
How a Los Angeles Wrong-Way Accident Lawyer May Be Able to Help You
Wrong-way accidents can be a result of confusion or carelessness. Sometimes they occur because drivers are in a hurry and drive recklessly without considering the danger to other motorists. Regardless of how it occurs, a wrong way accident can have a devastating impact on a driver and passengers in another car. If you suffered injuries in a head-on collision, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to assist you.
Our team can investigate the accident, speak to eyewitnesses, and review any video of the collision that may exist. We can also review your medical records, prognosis, and treatment plan to understand what you have gone through already and what you may face in the future. That can help us figure out how much compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries.
We can work with the other driver’s insurance company to pursue a reasonable settlement to compensate you for your physical injuries, lost income, pain and suffering, and inability to live your life as you did before the accident. If we are unable to negotiate a financial award that we believe is fair, we can file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. Our firm represents clients in tough cases, and we are willing to take a case to court if we believe that is necessary to seek justice for a client.
For a free legal consultation with an wrong-way accidents lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
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Pintas & Mullins Law Firm works on a contingency-fee basis. That means that if you ask us to assist you with a personal injury case, you will not have to pay our firm anything unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.
You have a limited amount of time to pursue a financial award for your injuries. According to Sec. 335.1 of the California Statutes, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury case is two years.
If you suffered harm in a wrong way accident, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to discuss the collision, your injuries, and how we may be able to help you seek justice. You can speak to a member today to get started on your case.