Wrong-way driving crashes kill more than 300 people each year on average in the United States. These crashes tend to be more severe than other kinds of accidents as they often involve a head-on collision and high speeds, resulting in serious injury or death.
Alcohol impairment plays a major role in wrong-way collisions. About 60% of fatal wrong-way crashes involve drivers impaired by alcohol, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. More than half of these drivers had a blood alcohol content at or above 0.15, nearly twice the federal limit. Recreational drug use as well as prescription drug use can also contribute to wrong-way driving.
Statistics reveal age may play a role in wrong-way collisions. Drivers over the age of 70 are over-represented as at-fault drivers. Data show people from this age group represent nearly 15% of wrong-way drivers involved in fatal crashes.
Time of day and day of the week are also statistically significant factors. Wrong-way collisions occur more frequently at night, as 78% of fatal wrong-way collisions occur between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. In addition, a disproportionate number of wrong-way collisions occur on the weekends.
Furthermore, most wrong-way drivers enter a highway via an exit ramp, and most often travel in the lane closest to the median.
Following a crash with serious injuries, a wrong-way collisions lawyer Phoenix, AZ trusts can investigate fault, look into applicable insurance policies, and evaluate claims for injuries and damages, since the collision, and in the future.
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