Causes of Wrong-Way Crashes

Jul 7

Wrong-way driving can lead to head-on collisions and other serious accidents and injuries. If you were hit by a wrong-way driver, you should seek assistance from an Indiana car accident lawyer as soon as possible. 

Wrong-way crashes are one of the most severe types of vehicle collisions. Since these crashes happen when vehicles are traveling in opposite directions, the force of the impact may be doubled and can cause severe injuries and even fatalities. 

There are several different causes of wrong-way vehicle collisions, including:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving
  • Improper signage regarding detours and traffic construction

Disturbingly, the majority of them can be traced back to driver negligence. If you were injured or someone you love was killed in a wrong-way crash, seek the advice and representation of an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible.


Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol

These accidents commonly occur at night when it is dark and harder for drivers to tell if they are getting on the right roads for the direction they are traveling.


Distracted Drivers

All it takes is a glance at your smartphone or a reach for your morning coffee to become distracted enough to put other motorists at risk. Distracted drivers are more likely to make a wrong turn or make other mistakes. They might also drive the wrong way up a one-way street or merge against traffic.


Improper Signage

Traffic that is rerouted for construction or abnormal traffic patterns can cause confusion, even for drivers who live in the area and know the roadways. When adequate signs and lane-shifting methods aren’t used, drivers are more likely to continue to drive in the wrong lane once the detour is over.


Wrong-Way Crash Statistics

Wrong-way highway crashes are some of the most dangerous accidents to be involved in. On average,  wrong-way crashes cause 300 to 400 fatalities annually. According to data reported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), they make up about one percent of the total number of traffic-related deaths that occur every year. One study in Virginia revealed that the fatality rate for wrong-way collisions on controlled-access highways is 27 times that of other types of accidents. 

A knowledgeable car accident attorney can help determine who is liable and what could have caused the accident.


Get an Experienced Indiana Car Accident Lawyer on Your Side

If you were recently injured or lost someone you love to a head-on car accident, you don’t have time to waste. You need the representation of a dedicated advocate who understands the severity of your injuries. 

The sooner you reach out to a car accident lawyer, the sooner we can help you. You can receive a free no-obligation consultation with the accomplished car accident attorneys at Blackburn Romey. Call 833. FOR HELP today or use our online contact form.

Tom Blackburn

Blackburn Romey founding partner Tom Blackburn graduated with honors receiving a degree from Indiana University at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Initiating his legal career in 1977, he has been active in practicing law and currently serves as a member of the Indiana State Bar Association on the Ethics and Advertising Committees, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, as a board member at the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, and as an appointed member of the Executive Committee for the State of Indiana for the National Trial Lawyers Association.

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