Last week, a video that appeared on Reddit showed a wrong-way driver in the HOV lane on a busy highway in Washington State.
According to the Washington State Patrol, it was very fortunate that no one was injured in the incident. Rick Johnson with the Washington State Patrol after viewing the video commented that an earlier crash this year on State Route 522 cost the life of a woman who drove the wrong way and had a head on collision with another vehicle.
In October of 2014, a Metro bus went the wrong way on State Route 520, but thankfully there was no collision as a result.
The National Transportation Safety Board said in a recent report conducted in 2013 (http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-studies/Documents/SIR1201.pdf) that the incidents involving wrong-way driving are increasing every year. In the wrong way accidents that occur every year, some 60% are attributed to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
While wrong-way accidents are usually caused because someone becomes disoriented and confused in an unfamiliar area, or one that they don’t perceive well in the dark, only 15% of drivers that get into such accidents are elderly or over the age of 70. Being overly tired can also contribute to wrong-way accidents. Being rested before getting behind the wheel is just as important as not driving after consuming alcohol.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a wrong-way driving incident, call the offices of Auger & Auger today. One of our lawyers will discuss the details of your case with you and help you decide your best course of action before you sign or agree to anything.
At Auger & Auger, we are focused in all areas of both accident and personal liability law. We know just what needs to be done in a personal injury or accident case. Have someone on your side that will get you the settlement you deserve. Call us today.