The number of wrong-way car crashes across the country is steadily climbing. This type of accident is one of the most dangerous because it usually happens at night and often includes intoxicated drivers.
According to the American Automobile Association, the three primary causes of wrong-way car crashes are alcohol impairment, older drivers, and driving alone at night. They also happen during the day and it is vital to remember that no one, at any age, is immune from a wrong-way car crash.
Most fatal car crashes
These types of car crashes are hazardous and often fatal. They usually involve head-on collisions at high speed. In addition, other vehicles can suffer from collateral damage because of these collisions. They happen so quickly and at such high speeds, giving other cars on the road little chance of escaping the crash.
Modern life an additional risk factor
Our lifestyles today include the use of technology devices almost 24/7. Even children as young as 2 now incorporate smartphones and tablets into their everyday lives. Considering our reality today, we must confront the fact that we do not do a good enough job of following good advice regarding preventing car accidents.
Technology is an additional factor, and not just in wrong-way car accidents. Some states have laws prohibiting drivers from using smartphones or speaking on their cell phones inside their vehicles while driving, yet many drivers ignore those laws. Other states have no such laws at all.
Age is a significant risk factor
People over 70 are at a higher risk of being involved in this type of accident. Young, inexperienced drivers are also at a higher risk because they lack experience and often ignore traffic signs.
Driving alone in the dark
Driving in the dark is difficult enough for anyone, and driving alone adds risk to an already precarious situation. It is always best to drive with someone and to make sure you avoid driving at night if you are prone to falling asleep or are used to sleeping on a set schedule.
Driving under the influence of controlled substances
When we think of “driving under the influence,” we usually associate it with alcohol and illicit drugs. While it is indisputable that these are the most common risk factors, it is also essential to consider prescription drugs.
Many people take properly prescribed medication that may impair their driving ability and have no idea of the side-effects. Ask your doctor and ensure you can drive while on your medication before you get on the road.
Wrong-way car crashes are the most dangerous type of car accident, and they almost always include fatalities. Be cautious while driving and consider the risks before you get on the road, not only for yourself but also for the well-being of others.