Wrong-Way Collisions in Texas
Most wrong-way drivers quickly realize they’re traveling in the wrong direction, and turn around prior to causing a collision. Unfortunately, some motorists don’t notice their mistake until it’s too late.
Wrong-way collisions are uncommon, but they’re the leading cause of vehicle accident fatalities. According to the United States Department of Transportation, wrong-way accidents cause between 300 and 400 deaths each year.
Wrong-Way Accident Causes
Most wrong-way collisions are caused by driver error, such as mistaking a highway exit ramp for an entrance ramp. Some of the most common causes of these accidents include:
- Driving under the influence of medications, alcohol, or illegal drugs
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving caused by cell phone or navigation system usage
- Lack of familiarity with the roadway
- Poor visibility due to nighttime driving or bad weather
- Poor placement or absence of signage
- Poorly-designed or inadequately-marked exit and entrance ramps
Preventing Wrong-Way Collisions
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is working to improve safety by testing the latest signage and technology. These efforts include lowering wrong-way highway signs to drivers’ eye level, and using red reflective tape to improve nighttime visibility.
In addition, TxDOT is testing signage that includes flashing lights which are automatically triggered when a motorist approaches them from the wrong direction. These signs will also alert the police when a wrong-way driver has entered the highway. TxDOT can then post notices on highway message boards to warn motorists about the presence of a wrong-way driver.
Wrong-Way Accident Injuries
Most wrong-way collisions are head-on crashes, often leading to devastating injuries and fatalities. Some of the most common injuries caused by these accidents include broken bones, head injuries, spinal cord damage, and whiplash.
If you were injured in a collision with a wrong-way driver, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you secure the compensation you deserve. To learn more, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by using the form on this page.