Wrong-way collisions are inherently the most dangerous type of accident, because they involve two vehicles traveling toward each other at elevated speeds, which makes for a more catastrophic collision.
Here are a few examples of some of the most common causes of wrong-way collisions.
- Impairment: Impairment from alcohol or drugs accounts for about 60 percent of all wrong-way crashes, particularly those involving drivers going the wrong way on a divided highway.
- Age: Drivers who are 70 and older are more likely to cause wrong-way accidents due to impaired vision, medication use and other health issues.
- Distraction: Distracted driving is a leading cause for most types of accidents, including wrong-way collisions. Drivers can be distracted by talking or texting on the phone, using GPS navigational equipment or maps, or engaging in any other activity that takes their attention off the road.
- Lack of signage: A lack of signage or poorly placed signage can cause confusion about onramps and offramps.
- Poor lighting: If there is insufficient lighting in areas where there is signage, it can be hard for people unfamiliar with the area to determine where to enter a highway.
- Inexperience: Inexperienced drivers are much more likely to make poor judgments while behind the wheel than experienced drivers.
- Unfamiliarity: A lack of familiarity with the roadway or neighborhood can make it a bit more likely that a driver will go the wrong way on a highway.
- Fatigue: Tired, drowsy drivers are much more likely to make errors such as wrong-way driving than drivers that are well rested.
- Lack of visibility: Lack of visibility caused by weather conditions, darkness or obstructed signing can make wrong-way accidents more likely.
For more information about the most common causes of wrong-way accidents, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.