Wrong-way crashes are on the rise. Unfortunately, this type of motor vehicle accident is one of the most serious, often resulting in head-on collisions and deaths.
It is commonly thought that wrong-way accidents are rare and difficult to get into, but studies have shown that these accidents have increased in recent years. While the topic is undoubtedly scary and difficult to process, there are things we can do to prevent these types of accidents.
Driver age and technology
Notably, teenagers and young adults behind the wheel and elderly drivers, especially those over 70, should take special care because they are at higher risk of a wrong-way crash. For youngsters, in this day and age, it is almost impossible to keep them off their phones. Yet, this is one of the most common causes of vehicular accidents, including wrong-way collisions, which are fatal in most cases.
Alcohol and drugs
Driving under the influence of alcohol, even in small amounts, can generally impair your ability to respond in the event of a collision with another vehicle. Remember that a car accident doesn’t have to be your fault- another person can miss or ignore a red light and hit you and your car head-on, even if you followed all the rules.
Illegal drugs and some prescription drugs can also impair your ability to drive and respond appropriately and quickly while driving. For prescription drugs, consult with your physician to ensure that you are not impaired while driving or that you are taking your medication at the proper times so that you can drive safely.
Late-night driving is also a risk. It is difficult for everyone to see at night, whether someone has 20/20 vision or wears glasses to help with their vision. It is vital to avoid driving in the dark if you find that challenging in even the smallest of ways.
While wrong-way crashes are on the rise, your awareness can help prevent you from getting into an accident. Make sure you use common sense and avoid the use of technology while driving at all costs.