Grand Junction Wrong Way Car Accident Lawyers
Several highways connect to Grand Junction, including I-70, Highway 9, Highway 285, and Highway 50. People traveling from the Denver area have several options to reach Grand Junction. The I-70 is heavily traveled, and traffic is often bumper to bumper. This highway is also a frequent location of delays due to road repairs and construction.
Both I-70 and Highway 50 offer incredible scenery, but many drivers choose to travel Highway 50 when weather conditions allow. Whatever road you choose, you want to be as safe as possible. A wrong-way car accident can be virtually impossible to avoid, no matter how carefully you drive. Wrong-way accidents are among the deadliest collisions, often head-on, leaving innocent people seriously or fatally injured.
A wrong-way accident typically occurs at high speeds, with devastating results. If you or a loved one has been injured, or you have lost a loved one in a wrong-way crash, you have the right to pursue justice and full compensation.
A wrong-way crash can occur on any roads and highways in the Grand Junction region. A driver unfamiliar with the area, operating a vehicle in winter conditions, or who is drunk, drug-intoxicated, or distracted can make an error, leading to a wrong-way accident. The head-on impact with another vehicle will often lead to fatal, catastrophic, or disfiguring injuries.
The injured person may be facing a future irrevocably altered, unable to work in their profession, disabled, or impaired. The family of a disabled person is left devastated. A loved one may be hospitalized, catastrophically injured, or die as a result of the injuries. The fallout of a wrong-way accident frequently lasts a lifetime for the injured person and their loved ones.
It may seem unlikely that a driver would make the error of driving the wrong way on a road, highway, an onramp or offramp, or any street or rural road. Sadly, these accidents occur at a much higher rate than most people realize. The causes of these deadly accidents can include:
- DUI driving and drug intoxicated driving.
- Speeding, swerving from lane to lane, and loss of vehicle control.
- Passing other vehicles when unsafe, with a lack of visibility.
- Distracted driving, such as texting or adjusting in-vehicle systems.
- Driving too fast to control a vehicle on icy, snowy, or rainy roadways.
- Vehicle safety system failure, such as brakes, steering, or tire blowouts.
The injuries sustained in a wrong-way crash are often severe, as the collision was head-on, at high speeds. The types of injuries that can leave a person facing a lifetime of challenges, or so extensive the person is unable to survive, include:
- Head and skull injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Multiple fractures
- Internal organ damage
- Burns related to vehicle fires
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
After a wrong-way accident, emergency services are dispatched to perform life-saving treatments. Once the injured are removed from the vehicles, they are transported to the closest trauma center, usually St. Mary's hospital trauma center. Some patients may need to be airlifted after their initial treatment. Children may be treated at St. Mary's, the region's only Level 1 trauma center.
A wrong-way accident may be caused by several types of negligence, including:
- Drunk driving
- Drug-intoxicated driving
- Unsafe passing on hills with limited visibility
- Out-of-control commercial truck
- Driving too fast for weather conditions
- Faulty or defective vehicles or parts, such as tire blowouts or brake failures
The responsible party is often another driver who has failed to protect others from harm due to negligent driving. In some cases, vehicles or parts fail, and the liable party could be a vehicle or parts manufacturer. Every incident has unique facts and evidence. With the help of a wrong-way accident lawyer, all responsible parties are identified, and actions are taken to recover full and fair compensation.
The injured person may be permanently impaired, facing weeks, months, or even years under medical care, with multiple surgeries, or in the worst case, passes away. The compensation pursued by your Grand Junction car accident attorney will reflect all the losses, both personal and physical. These include:
- Economic damages: Financial losses associated with medical treatment and care, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, transportation, ongoing nursing or hospital care, and other financial losses.
- Non-economic damages: These are the devastating personal losses that impact the injured person's quality of life, including pain and suffering, emotional anguish, loss of consortium, and others.
In cases of wrongful death, the close family has the right to pursue damages through a lawsuit, including medical costs, funeral costs, loss of the family member's financial support, and compensation for the loss of companionship and grief experienced by the spouse and children.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we deliver personalized legal counsel for the injured and their families in wrong-way accident cases. We will thoroughly evaluate every detail of the accident to ensure all liable parties are named in a claim or lawsuit. We offer a free consultation and are dedicated to the pursuit of justice for the injured. Call today at (970) 243-4357.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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