CAR ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY WRONG WAY DRIVER
The number of Americans dying in wrong-way traffic accidents has been creeping up in recent years, totaling approximately 500 fatalities per year between 2015 and 2018, a new AAA study says. That’s a 34% increase compared to the average of the five years prior, the advocacy group warns, and a trend that it expects to continue if nothing is done about it.
AAA found three significant factors in common with cases of fatal wrong-way driving crashes vs. “right-way” crashes: alcohol impairment, older age, and driving without a passenger. The first two should be familiar to anybody with even a passing familiarity with crash statistics, as they are often cited as contributing factors.
In wrong-way accidents involving multiple cars, AAA found that the driver going against the flow of traffic was far more likely to be intoxicated than those who were not. Alcohol impairment is, by far, the single most significant factor in the majority of wrong-way driving crashes, which unfortunately has not changed since the NTSB issued its Wrong-Way Driving special investigation report in 2012, according to the report.
Drivers above the age of 70 are also measurably more likely to be involved in wrong-way incidents, as are those who have nobody along for the ride.
“A passenger’s presence may offer some protection against being a wrong-way driver, as nearly 87% of wrong-way drivers were alone,” AAA said. “Passengers may alert drivers that they are entering a one-way road, preventing them from entering the highway in the wrong direction, or alerting them to their error, helping the driver take corrective action before a crash occurs.”
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