Experience Matters in Handling Median Crossover Wrecks

Posted by Al WelshansMay 04, 20230 Comments

According to the Federal Highway Administration, crossover wrecks are three times more severe than other highway crashes. They often result in head-on collisions with innocent victims and account for on average of 250 freeway deaths per year.   This translates into one fatality every 200 freeway miles.[1]  

The causes of these wrecks can be as simple as a speeding driver, drunk driver or distracted driver losing control of his or her vehicle and crossing over the median into oncoming traffic. However, they can also be more complex and involve other contributing factors such as merging traffic from access roads, improperly changing lanes, or even defective road design and construction of roadways.

Our firm has represented individuals injured and killed in median crossover wrecks on interstates, public roadways, and private drives. In evaluating these cases our lawyers think outside the box and look for all potential sources of recovery. This can be extremely important in these types of cases due to the severity of injuries involved and limited or lack of insurance coverage by one or more at-fault drivers.

Two of our cases involved clients injured in crossover wrecks on private drives designed, constructed, and owned by casinos.

An uninsured casino employee crossed a raised median becoming airborne striking our clients' cars. Our clients suffered extreme injuries resulting in two deaths and requiring extensive surgeries for the surviving passengers. Although our clients had uninsured motorist coverage, their coverage was insufficient to cover theirs and their loved ones' losses.

The four-lane roadway was marked with official speed limit and roadway signs. However, the firm's investigation discovered that the roadway was a private drive which was designed and constructed by several casinos. We filed suit against both the casino employee driver and the casinos who constructed the roadway. The matter was ultimately resolved by settlement during trial under a confidentiality agreement.

[1] FHWA, Recommends Ready-to-Use Safety Technologies (October 2003).