Two men were injured in a wrong-way crash on State Route 590 when another driver hit them head-on. Witnesses had called police about the wrong-way driver just prior to the crash, but officers were unable to stop the driver before he caused an accident. Both victims were extricated from the vehicle with leg injuries but are expected to make a full recovery.
Officers at the scene tested the driver for drugs and alcohol, which they note is standard procedure in a wrong-way crash. However, officers also noted that talking on a cell phone or texting can also lead to crashes, even when someone is perfectly sober.
Wrong-Way Crashes and How To Prevent Them
Head-on crashes are one of the most dangerous types of car crashes, resulting in a much higher fatality rate than other types of accidents. A study by the Institute of Transportation Engineers found that there are an average of 359 fatalities each year from wrong-way crashes, based on data collected between 2004 and 2011. California, along with Florida and Texas, has the highest rate of vehicle fatalities from wrong-way crashes, with the three states representing one-third of the total number.
There are certain things that drivers can do to prevent wrong-way crashes, including:
- Never drink and drive. A large number of wrong-way crashes involve drunk or drugged drivers. Do not get behind the wheel if you have consumed alcohol or when you are taking medication.
- Slow down and look around. Sometimes wrong-way drivers become confused about their position on the road, especially in a divided highway situation. If you are unsure if you are going in the right direction, pull over to the side of the road and turn around if necessary.
- Stop texting. Texting and talking on the cell phone are another leading cause of wrong-way crashes. You cannot drive safely if you are distracted, so put the cell phone away if you are behind the wheel.
Victims of wrong-way crashes may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering and other costs. If you have been the victim of a wrong-way crash, it is important that you protect your rights and fight for the compensation that is owed to you.
The attorneys at Fitzgerald Law Firm in New York are ready to help. With years of experience in litigating accident cases for victims, we will work to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.