When traveling on a highway, it’s essential that all drivers pay close attention to the road signs.
If a driver does get turned around on the interstate, it is vital that they pull over as soon as possible and wait until it is clear to turn back. Failing to do so could end up causing a wrong-way collision.
A local accident highlights the dangers of wrong-way accidents
Take for example this crash that happened on Interstate 45 in Montgomery County at the end of December. One driver passed away, his passenger, a child, was left in critical condition, and another passenger was also hurt when a car heading the wrong way on the interstate hit them.
The crash, which happened at around 12:38 a.m., occurred when a Ford Taurus heading south in the northbound lanes struck a Chrysler Town and Country. Three people were in that vehicle, a driver, 48, a 12-year-old passenger, and a 45-year-old woman. The child was left in critical condition, while the woman was in stable condition following the crash. The driver was killed. The driver of the Ford, a 30-year-old man, now faces multiple charges for the collision.
Why do wrong-way crashes happen?
Wrong-way crashes can happen for many reasons. A driver may be too intoxicated, drowsy, or distracted to realize they are entering the highway at the exit ramp or making a mistake when attempting to U-turn. Highways and interstates usually have signs warning drivers that they’re going the wrong way, but drivers don’t always pay attention to them.
If you’re hit by a wrong-way driver, your life may be changed forever. It’s a good idea to make a claim as soon as possible, so you can focus on your health while your attorney seeks fair compensation for you.