Wrong-way car accident kills 1, injures 3 others on I-95
Most motorists know that driving in the dark might be confusing for some drivers. Making sure of important things like which is the correct direction of travel on the highway might be difficult. Of course, other factors could be involved in a driver ending up on the wrong side of the road. Determining whether any factors such as impairment were involved In a recent wrong-way car accident could be the focus of a current police investigation in Rhode Island.
At approximately 3 a.m. on a recent Friday, commuters reported that a woman was driving in the wrong direction on Interstate 95 in the southbound lanes. According to the Rhode Island State Police, the woman first hit the center median and then continued driving. It was almost another three miles from the point of impact when she slammed into another vehicle.
Unfortunately, the woman hit a small SUV with three occupants. The crash was so severe that emergency personnel had to cut the occupants out of their vehicle by utilizing the Jaws of Life. A passenger of the SUV died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. The driver and another passenger were transported to an area hospital and are reported to be in stable condition. The wrong-way driver was injured and was listed in critical condition at last report.
No other details regarding the victims in this car accident were released. As they recover, the accident victims that survived may exercise their rights to file personal injury claims against the woman that was driving the car that hit them. Any financial restitution awarded, based upon proof of negligence, may be used to cover any out-of-pocket medical expenses and rehabilitation costs, among other damages provided for under Rhode Island law. Additionally, the family of the deceased passenger is entitled to file a wrongful death claim that seeks monetary relief for the damages incurred as a result of the tragic fatality.
Source: turnto10.com, 1 dead, 3 injured in wrong-way crash on I-95, Tony Gugliotta, Feb. 28, 2014