Wrong-way drivers pose a serious threat to others on the road. While wrong-way driving accidents only account for approximately 3% of accidents, they are more dangerous and more deadly than other types of accidents. These accidents cause the death of hundreds of people every year and frequently result in significant injuries. The impact of two vehicles crashing head-on from opposite directions, especially at high speeds, can be tremendous.
Common Causes of Wrong-Way Driving Accidents
Wrong-way driving accidents occur when a driver operates their vehicle in the lane of traffic that is going the opposite direction. This can result in a serious head-on collision with a vehicle that is properly driving in their lane. Wrong-way driving accidents typically occur at night and are frequently the result of a number of different factors, including:
- Driver impairment or intoxication
- Driver inattention and distraction
- Drowsy driving
- Driver confusion
- Improper passing on two-lane roads
- Poorly marked highway ramps
- Improper signage
- Improper lane markings
- Lack of visibility
Wrong-way accidents are frequently the result of negligence on the part of the wrong-way driver. However, they can also result from confusion caused by improper signage, lane markings, and poorly marked highway ramps. In these cases, a city or municipality is responsible for ensuring proper road signage may be held laible for any injuries.
Preventing Wrong-Way Driving Accidents
When you’re faced with a wrong-way driver, there’s not much you can do to avoid a collision. You can hit your brakes or turn to the side of the road, but most collisions are inevitable. Some cities are now using technology in an effort to curb wrong-way driving accidents.
In Tampa Bay, message boards have been installed on a busy bridge to warn other drivers of wrong-way drivers to give them time to respond. The cameras on the bridge also notify authorities of wrong-way drivers so that they can respond quickly. In Phoenix, thermal cameras have been installed on 30 off-ramps on a stretch of interstate 17 to detect drivers entering ramps from the wrong direction. Warnings are then broadcast on highway message boards. Highway officials in California, Texas, and Rhode Island have been working on similar measures.
Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in an accident with a wrong-way driver, you should consult with an experienced car accident attorney. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C. we’ve been helping New York car accident victims for over 50 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.