Travelling at highway speeds increases the harm you can suffer in a car accident -- especially in a head-on collision. It is rare for a face-to-face crash to happen on the highway, but when it does it is generally a catastrophe.
No matter how careful and responsible you are, you may not have enough time to get out of the way of a wrong-way motorist going 55 mph or faster. The resulting wreck can cause you terrible injuries that leave you with physical and/or mental limitations the rest of your life.
In a recent example from here in the Bay Area, nine people were taken to the hospital after a person in an allegedly stolen car crashed into a van on Highway 4 on July 15.
Stolen car strikes van
The van was travelling west on the highway and had seven people inside, including two children. Suddenly, the California Highway Patrol reported in a NBC Bay Area story, a car going eastbound in the westbound lane “at a high rate of speed” crashed into the van.
Fortunately, most of the people involved sustained only minor injuries, but a 61-year-old woman in the van was seriously hurt, as was a 22-year-old person in the car. Both were in stable condition at the hospital.
How do these tragedies happen?
As a responsible person, you might be mystified how someone can wind up going the wrong way on the highway. Often, the first step to a wrong-way accident is a drunk or distracted driver entering the road through an exit ramp. From there, it may only be a few seconds until a tragedy.
Some car accident injuries take years to heal; others never do. Permanent disability can rob you of your ability to take care of yourself and your family. Fortunately, you have the right to seek full financial compensation from those responsible.