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Wrong-way driver may have been impaired

A driver heading the wrong way along a busy highway recently made a potentially fatal mistake. Head-on collisions are terrifying, difficult to avoid and almost always result in severe injuries. One recent head-on collision with a negligent driver cost a woman her life and likely left her family devastated and struggling.

While it is uncertain what caused a California driver to be heading east in the westbound lanes of a multi-lane highway, investigators suspect alcohol was a factor. Just before 10:30 p.m., the 36-year-old man crashed his pickup truck head on into a sedan heading west. The horrific collision left the 24-year-old driver of the sedan entrapped in her vehicle. Rescue crews had to extract her and the other driver before transporting them to the hospital. The woman did not survive her injuries.

The tragic outcome

Drivers make countless decisions when they are on the road. Some decisions they may not even realize they are making. However, often it is the decisions they make before they get behind the wheel that can make all the difference. For example, the decisions to put their cellphones away, get enough sleep and not drink alcohol may mean the difference between life and death.

Those in California who suffer serious or catastrophic injuries in a collision with a negligent driver may have a difficult life ahead of them. Often, they do not suffer alone, but their families share their pain. When accident victims die of their injuries, those family members may decide that one way to move forward is to seek compensation from the driver responsible for the devastation they must live with.