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The reason for most wrong-way accidents

On Behalf of | Dec 1, 2022 | Car Accidents |

If you’ve been involved in a wrong-way accident, you know how hard it is to avoid. It happens so quickly because the other car is in a place that you would never expect and it’s moving directly toward you. In a lot of cases, people who are involved in these accidents don’t even fully realize what happened until after the fact.

At the same time, you know that you didn’t do anything wrong. The reason you didn’t expect that other vehicle to be there is because they were completely driving the wrong direction on a one-way street or an interstate. This is a fundamental and critical error that should never occur – but it does, as you well know. So why is it that people make such a fundamental mistake?

Alcohol is the main reason

Impairment is the main reason, with alcohol leading the way. When drivers are impaired and they’re not thinking clearly, they will make mistakes that they never would have made when they were sober. This is true with more than alcohol, and can also apply to things like recreational drugs or even medication.

After all, the interstate highway system is controlled through a series of on-ramps and off-ramps. To a sober driver, it is very clear which ramps are supposed to be used at which times. But an impaired driver could mistake an off-ramp for an on-ramp and suddenly end up driving the wrong direction down the highway. By the time they even realize the mistake they’ve made, an accident has already happened.

Those who get injured in these types of accidents need to know how to seek financial compensation. It can help with medical bills and lost wages.