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Car Accidents Caused By Wrong-Way Drivers

Posted on December 15, 2016

While wrong-way car collisions account for only 3 percent of highway accidents, they are more likely to cause serious injuries than other types of collisions, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded in a 2012 report.

The NTSB defines “wrong-way driving” as “vehicular movement along a travel lane in a direction opposing the legal flow of traffic on high-speed divided highways or access ramps.”

Wrong-Way Driving Car Accidents

There are numerous examples of wrong-way driving leading to accidents in the Tulsa area. Last year, a Tulsa woman driving her Toyota Camry west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate-44 struck a motorcycle before crashing into a Buick Enclave. Both occupants of the Enclave were hospitalized with injuries.

In September, a 28-year-old man driving a Honda Civic the wrong way on Interstate-244 crashed into a Chevy HHR, pinning the Chevy’s driver in the wreckage. The driver was rescued from the debris and taken to a hospital.

In October, a different 28-year-old man driving a Nissan Maxima the wrong way on Highway 75 in Tulsa County struck a Toyota 4-Runner head-on. The 4-Runner’s driver and passenger were both taken to the hospital with internal trunk injuries.

What Do I Need to Know If I’m In a Tulsa Car Accident?

The first thing you need to know is if you are injured in a car crash, you have a right to compensation for your medical expenses, property damage and other costs associated with the accident, but only if you are less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you prove that the accident was not your fault.

Here are a few other things you need to know:

  • Personal injury claims are time-sensitive. Your personal injury lawsuit must be brought within two years of the accident.
  • Oklahoma does not cap what you can recover for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and other economic costs.
  • Oklahoma does place a $350,000 cap on what you can recover for emotional pain and suffering and other noneconomic costs.

Contact an experienced Tulsa Car Accident Lawyer 

If you or a loved one is the victim of a wrong-way car crash, or injured in any car accident, contact the law office of Charles Bryan Alred, P.C., today. Our office will fight to get you all of the compensation to which you are entitled under Oklahoma law, including medical expenses, loss of wages/earnings, physical and emotional pain and suffering, property damage and car rental costs. We help many personal injury and car accident clients in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Jenks, and other surrounding areas.