A wrong way car accident can be devastating, and can cause serious and even fatal injuries.
Often, the driver is not aware that they are traveling in the wrong direction until it is too late. Such collisions often occur at high speeds. In this post, we will discuss some facts about wrong way accidents.
Wrong Way Car Accidents Statistics
Normally, in case of most wrong way driving accidents, the driver almost immediately realizes the mistake. Such accidents are tragic and can be fatal. They are usually more severe, and often involve several vehicles and more impact damage.
- Wrong way drivers are responsible for about 3 percent of all crashes.
- 75 percent of all wrong way accidents are caused by drunk drivers, and 50 percent peak around 2 a.m.
- Half of all wrong way car accidents disable or kill a person involved in the crash.
- Wrong way drivers have more traffic violations, other accidents and felony convictions compared to the average driver
- Wrong way accidents are becoming more common although the overall fatal crash rate has come down considerably.
Causes of Wrong Way Car Accidents
A confused driver or someone who is unfamiliar with the streets in a new town or city is most likely to cause a wrong way car accident. Some other common causes include:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Distracted driving, especially texting
- Driving under the influence of drugs, illegal or prescription
- Poor lighting at night, foggy weather or heavy rains that obscure signage
- Missing or misplaced road signage
- Falling asleep while driving and crossing the median
- Confusion in a construction zone
- Passing a vehicle and not getting back into the proper lane
- Faulty steering or other auto defect that causes the car to cross into opposite lane of traffic
In some cases, the victim makes evasive maneuvers to avoid a head on crash and in the process crash into other vehicles, pedestrians or objects.
Liability in a wrong way car accident
Wrong way drivers are generally held liable for all the damages resulting from the crash. If driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, police will check their blood alcohol content. If the driver refuses the test, the police can get a search warrant issued and forcibly do the test in a felony DUI case. If the driver was distracted at the time of crash, he/she will likely have to pay all the damages resulting from the crash. In case the wrong way crash was a result of an auto defect such as a faulty steering system, the designer or manufacturer may be held liable for all the resulting losses.