Why are there wrong-way accidents?

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2022 | Car Accidents

When a car travels the wrong way down the interstate, it’s very likely that a violent collision is going to take place. The drivers in vehicles coming toward that car have no idea that it’s there, and those drivers do not expect it in the least, so it’s often impossible to react quickly enough to avoid a collision.

Of course, this is a type of accident that should never happen, which is why no one ever expects it. So why do these crashes occur, and why are they growing more common? Here’s what you should know:

Impaired driving is the biggest culprit

In the majority of cases, the reason for these crashes is that the driver who is going the wrong way is impaired driving. The driver may have been using illegal drugs, or they may simply have been drinking alcohol. 

Whatever the case is, their impairment has clouded their thought process, or caused them to black out entirely while still being awake, and so they have unintentionally made a major mistake. In other words, the driver doesn’t know that they’re going the wrong way and thinks they are driving properly until the moment of impact.

In some cases, wrong-way accidents can also happen because of various mental ailments that the person may be suffering from. For instance, someone who is aging may have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but they may still be driving. 

They could simply become confused about which direction they are supposed to go or which ramp to use. But this is far less common than accidents involving illegal impairment.

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