Entering a roadway in the wrong direction can have deadly consequences.
A wrong-way car accident is caused when a person drives a car the wrong way on a one-way street. Statistics reveal that as many as 61 percent of wrong-way accidents are caused by intoxicated drivers during the early morning hours. The largest number of wrong-way car accidents takes place at around 2 AM, the time when bars and nightclubs typically close. Head-on collisions are often the result of wrong-way car accidents, claiming the lives of those involved.
Common Scenarios of Wrong-Way Driving Accidents
- The most common scenario is the person driving in the opposite direction of traffic entering or exiting the freeway.
- Entering a one-way street in the wrong direction is a common cause of accidents on metropolitan roads and downtown streets.
- Another common scenario is driving on the wrong side of the highway after taking a wrong exit.
Preventing Wrong-Way Driving Accidents
Most states put in place signs such as “One-way”, “Do Not Enter”, and “Wrong Way” on roads to alert drivers. However, most accidents are not because of the absence of warning signs, but due to the inability of the driver to read the sign, commonly during nighttime hours. Although these signs are designed to reflect light from head lights, the wrong-way driver has failed to notice the sign.
Some car accidents are caused by the failure of a driver to notice and react to another vehicle coming the wrong way. So, it is important that the moment you notice a vehicle coming from the opposite direction, you should flash your headlights to warn the driver that he or she is driving the wrong way. You should then slowly pull over to the side of the road, out of the vehicle’s path, and then call 911 to alert local police. By doing so, you might prevent a serious car accident.
St. Louis Car Accident Attorneys
Our St. Louis car accident lawyers believe that by driving responsibly and paying attention to hazards and other drivers on the road, you can avoid being a victim of a wrong-way car accident. However, you cannot always avoid a car accident, especially if the other driver is grossly negligent, driving under the influence, distracted, or speeding.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a wrong-way driver, call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 to learn more about your legal rights.