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Common Causes of Wrong-Way Driving Accidents

Wrong-way accidents are among the most dangerous that occur on Florida’s roads and highways. They typically involve head-on collisions that lead to serious or fatal injuries. They also often occur at high speeds.

Approximately 350 people die in the United States each year because of wrong-way drivers, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. To some people, it might seem shocking that this many wrong-way accidents can happen. How is it that they have not been completely eradicated?

The National Transportation Safety Board developed a special report analyzing data from wrong-way accidents to find common trends. Below are a few of the agency’s findings:

  • Drivers over the age of 70 were disproportionately at fault in wrong-way accidents. It could be that difficulty noticing signage plays a role.
  • Most wrong-way collisions occurred after a vehicle entered an exit ramp, which could happen due to unclear signage or lack of familiarity with a city.
  • Wrong-way collisions most frequently occur at night, likely due to a combination of tired drivers, intoxicated drivers and poor visibility.
  • Wrong-way crashes most frequently occur on weekends. Again, this is likely due to the fact that people drink more alcohol on the weekends.
  • The majority of wrong-way drivers are intoxicated behind the wheel. In fact, it is the most common cause of wrong-way accidents overall.

If a negligent driver caused a serious accident and you’ve been injured as a result, you may need to seek compensation from that driver or an insurance company. For further guidance, meet with a knowledgeable Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.

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