One person was killed and another sustained serious injuries in a wrong-way collision on University Parkway.
According to law enforcement officials, a 46-year-old man from Sarasota was driving east on the westbound side of the road, when he collided head-on with a vehicle being driven by a 34-year-old man from Bradenton. The accident occurred at approximately 1:35 a.m. on the stretch of University Avenue just to the east of Tuttle Avenue.
The man who was driving the wrong way was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Bradenton man was transported to the hospital and was listed as being in critical condition.
Officers continued to investigate the circumstances of the accident.
Driving the wrong way is inherently dangerous
Wrong-way accidents come with a much higher risk of severe injuries and fatalities because they are more likely to result in head-on collisions, which can have devastating effects. All drivers are responsible for driving the right way on the road. In many cases, wrong-way collisions are caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol, but there can be other contributing factors as well.
For more information about the steps you should take if you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent wrong-way driver, contact an experienced Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.