If You Were Involved in a Wrong-Way Accident
If you or your loved ones have been victimized by a wrong-way motor vehicle crash, resources for catastrophic and traumatic accidents like this are available. With the help of an experienced attorney with experience handling auto accidents cases in Delaware, you can work to receive the compensation you deserve and ensure those responsible for the crash are held accountable.
Characteristics of Wrong-Way Driving Accidents
Wrong-way driving is an incident when one vehicle travels sometimes at a high speed in a direction that opposes oncoming traffic and ultimately crashes into one or more vehicles. These accidents typically that take place along freeways and interconnected exit and entrance ramps.
In the United States alone, roughly 300 to 400 people die as a direct result of wrong-way accidents every year. Although this number represents a small portion of the population, these accidents are still worth noting due to their severity. Wrong-way crashes are often the product of aggressive driving and typically involve head-on collisions or high-speed collisions. Combined, these two characteristics can result in catastrophic injuries or, in the worst-case scenario, death.
Responsibilities of Drivers
By Delaware State Law, any driver who is fully responsible for inflicting injuries on one or more victims in a motor vehicle accident is required to stop their vehicle and remain at the scene of the accident. As dictated in section 4202, the responsible party should park their vehicle as close to the crash site as possible and be ready to provide contact information, specifically a name and address, and a vehicle registration number to all the victims involved. If one or more of the victims is severely injured, the driver is also obligated by law to help take them to a hospital.
If under any circumstances, the driver fails to remain at the scene, this individual will be charged with an unclassified misdemeanor, be fined $1,000 to $3,000, and face prison time of 1 to 2 years.
Similarly, if the driver responsible does not remain at the scene of your multi-vehicle accident, you have this option among others to pursue in a court of law.
Car Accident Attorney in Delaware
The attorneys of Edelstein, Martin, & Nelson are passionate about our practice and are knowledgeable in the laws, rules, and statutes surrounding wrong-way motor vehicle accident in the state of Delaware. We fight for the rights of every victim and the members of victims’ families and will help you receive justice for such tragic and unfortunate circumstances. If you or your loved one has become the victim of a motor vehicle accident caused by a driver traveling down the wrong side of a roadway, contact our office at 800-300-0909 to file a malpractice lawsuit today.