Wrong Way Driver Related Safety Information And Statistics
Accidents caused by wrong way drivers seem to be growing in frequency and severity each and every year. Imagine seeing the headlights of an oncoming car on a one-way road. This can be a terrorizing experience that can ultimately result in an accident causing severe injury and even loss of life. It is estimated that hundreds of people are killed each year in wrong-way collisions on the nation’s highways. Many of these accidents involve alcohol.
Most importantly a large percentage of these wrong-way driver collision related accidents occur between 6pm in the evening and 6am. These statistics are important because it helps safe drivers know when to be on the alert for potential wrong way drivers. It is also important to note wrong way driver related accidents often involve fatalities due to the high-speed impact of two cars traveling in the opposite direction. That is why it is so important to be alert to the possibility of a wrong way driver.
One of the best ways to avoid wrong way drivers and to deal with these drivers is to drive defensively and proactively. Constantly being alert for the potential of a wrong way driver and taking decisive action when encountering these drivers is one of the best ways to avoid an accident, collision or serious injury. One way to better handle the possibility of a wrong way driver is to drive in the right lane of a two-lane highway as much as possible. This is simply due to the fact that wrong way drivers will almost always be in the left lane going in the wrong direction.
Another important aspect of being a safe driver when encountering a wrong way driver is to simply avoid distractions. Texting, eating or talking on the telephone can reduce a safe driver’s reaction time and how they handle a wrong way driver. Finally, when encountering a driver going the wrong way it is important to honk the horn and flash headlights to get their attention as soon as possible. This can ultimately avert a disaster and a serious head-on collision that can easily result in a loss of life. Contact Hastings & Hastings, an Arizona personal injury attorney if you have been involved in an automobile accident that was due to the negligence of another driver.