Wrong way accidents cause about 500 fatalities per year. Between 2015 and 2018, the number of wrong way fatalities increased by a staggering 33 percent. Although drivers may survive head-on collisions on local roads, wrong way highway accidents are far more likely to result in death or severe injury, thanks to the higher rate of speed involved.
If you’ve been injured in a wrong way accident, the Law Offices of Tim Misny can help. Read on to learn how wrong way accidents happen, then call our firm for assistance.
What causes wrong way accidents?
Wrong way accidents can be due to gross negligence, but sometimes, it’s a matter of a simple mistake. Drivers who are unfamiliar with the area may make a wrong turn and end up driving the wrong way.
Poor design can also cause wrong way accidents. For example, inadequately or improperly marked ramps, poorly designed ramps and confusing signage can contribute to drivers going the wrong direction.
Distracted and drowsy motorists are more likely to have issues, but the primary cause of wrong way accidents is driving while intoxicated. It’s estimated that 50 to 75 percent of all wrong way accidents occur due to drugs or alcohol. These crashes typically happen at night or on weekends, especially between midnight and three am.
Avoiding wrong way accidents
Although it’s difficult to predict the behavior of other drivers, staying vigilant and alert can help you avoid harm. The key is to watch the entire roadway in front of you, not just a car or two ahead. This gives you a better opportunity to spot someone coming the wrong way, and take action in time to avoid serious harm.
Driving in the right lane, when available, can help avoid accidents. Oncoming wrong-way drivers often drive in the left lane, especially if they’re confused. Avoiding driving at night, especially between midnight and three am, may reduce your risk of a wrong way accident. Give other vehicles a wide berth, and be sure to report anyone you see driving erratically or in the wrong direction. While nothing can eliminate your risk of an accident, being cautious and careful will benefit everyone on the road.
The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help you recover damages for your wrong way accident. If you were hit by a negligent or confused driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages while recovering and more.
Call an Ohio car accident attorney today
The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help you with your wrong way car accident claim. If you or a loved one were injured due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at (800) 556-4769 so that I can evaluate your case right away.