The wrong way: traffic accidents can come out of nowhere

When you’re driving, you have control of yourself and your own car. But there’s only so much you can do about those around you. You can remain alert and focused on what other vehicles are doing, so that you’re prepared to react when they make mistakes. But you can’t anticipate everything and sometimes the actions of other drivers defy explanation.

What was he thinking?

On a recent Friday morning, at approximately 2am, a 40-year-old man was driving northbound on Interstate 81. The problem is that his SUV was in the southbound lanes, going the wrong direction. According to reports, when he reached the area around Viewmont Mall, in Dickson City, he drove headlong into a tractor-trailer going the correct direction on the Interstate.

Both the big-rig and the SUV suffered severe damage to their front ends and the driver of the SUV was killed as a result. Police are investigating the accident but, as of yet, they have no idea why the man was driving the wrong direction.

When you’re the victim of a car accident, one of the first questions you may ask is ‘why’. Why did this happen? Why did the other driver choose to do what they did, injuring you in the process. In some cases, like the one above, you may never get a satisfactory answer. But what you can get is a level of justice, by holding the other driver responsible for their actions. This is the role of personal injury lawsuits for motor vehicle accidents – they represent an opportunity to be made whole again and move on from the experience.