Reading about wrong-car crashes is enough to send shivers down most people’s spines. Unfortunately, it happens all too often, increasing the number of wrong-way car accidents.
People who are most likely to be involved in a wrong-way car crash:
- Drunk Drivers
- Drivers under the influence of marijuana
- Driver under the influence of other drugs
- People driving without a valid license
- People driving very old vehicles
- Drivers over the age of 70
Wrong-way car crashes are one of the most fatal types, and they are increasing nationwide. Usually, they result in instantaneous deaths because they are head-on collisions at very high speeds.
In addition, they often cause collateral damage because the cars behind the vehicle that crashes into the oncoming vehicle that is driving against traffic do not have enough time to stop.
According to the American Automobile Association’s Foundation for Traffic Safety, driving under the influence of alcohol is the number one cause of these accidents. However, many other reasons are essential to keep in mind.
Ensure that you are healthy enough to get behind the wheel and never drive under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. If you are taking any prescription drugs, check in with your physician to ensure your medication does not impair your driving ability.
Driving at night
Also, if you must drive at night and in the dark, try to get someone to accompany you. Visibility is low at night, especially in harsh weather, and falling asleep at the wheel is easy. Studies have shown that having someone accompany them when driving at night can help drivers stay awake and alert.
As always, pay attention to your surroundings and always remain alert. Drive defensively and carefully for your safety as well as the safety of others.