Wrong-way driving is one of the most dangerous mistakes that any driver can make. If two vehicles are traveling at normal highway speeds of 55 miles per hour, a head-on crash combines at more than 100 miles per hour and can result in massive injuries. These crashes are also very unexpected and therefore hard to avoid.
Along with being dangerous, wrong-way accidents seem like some of the easiest crashes to avoid. Roads are clearly designed to work in one direction, especially on the interstate, and there are plenty of signs and other things that indicate to a driver that they’re going in the wrong direction. It’s a mistake no one should make, so why does it happen?
The main cause is exactly what you’d expect
You may already be assuming that someone must not be thinking clearly if they caused a wrong-way crash, and you’re statistically correct. The main reason for these accidents is alcohol use. A driver who is impaired may not even understand that they’re driving in the wrong direction until they cause a crash.
It’s not just alcohol use that is problematic, of course. Any type of impairment can lead to a wrong-way crash, such as illegal drug use. Even some legal drugs — such as prescription medications — can impair a driver’s ability to process information and make the right choices. Someone who is impaired is at a higher risk of causing one of these devastating accidents.
Have you been injured?
Have you been hit by a wrong-way driver and suffered serious injuries? If so, you may have a right to substantial compensation and you need to know what steps to take.