Wrong-way car accidents are rare but usually fatal. They are one of the most serious because they are typically head-on collisions at high speed. The frequency of these accidents has increased in recent years, but there are things you can do to prevent a wrong-way car crash.
Common reasons for wrong-way car accidents
- Age of the driver
- Use of technology (cell phones) while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Late night driving
Age of the driver and technology
Very young drivers and drivers over 70 are at a higher risk of a wrong-war car accident. Young drivers lack experience and may find it challenging to drive in places they haven’t gone before. Teenagers and young adults are especially vulnerable because technology is a massive part of their lives. Texting, social media, taking photos and showing their friends what they are doing regularly increase their risk of car accidents in general.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
It is common knowledge that driving under the influence of alcohol can seriously impair your ability to drive. However, it takes much less alcohol than most people realize to compromise your driving ability. Small amounts of alcohol can generally impair your body’s ability to respond in the event of an accident when a single quick decision could either prevent or cause a fatality. Illegal drugs are also hazardous for anyone at all times.
Most people are surprised to learn that some prescription drugs can impair your ability to drive and respond appropriately in the event of an accident. Make sure that, if you are under medical treatment, you consult with your physician to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
Late night driving
Driving in the dark is difficult for everyone; sometimes, knowing which lane you are on and which way you are going can be challenging. It is ideal if you can drive when it is light out but also make sure that if you use GPS vehicle technology to guide your driving at night, it is entirely hands-off so that you are not distracted. Also, stay on top of your eye health to be confident that you can see well.
While wrong-way car accidents are on the rise, there are things you can do to proactively prevent one of these from happening to you. Use common sense, avoid anything impairing your ability to drive safely, and make sure you can drive safely.