Two people are dead, two injured children are orphaned, and one person faces a decade of probation following a head-on, wrong-way car accident in Midland. The crash, which involved an intoxicated driver heading west in the eastbound lanes of a highway, has affected countless lives and robbed two little girls of their parents.
How can we help prevent wrong-way accidents in Texas?
- Call 911 if you see a wrong-way driver. A wrong-way driver is absolutely an emergency and should be reported to police as quickly as possible. Just be sure to have a passenger in the car call, pull over somewhere safe, or dial and use your cell phone with care while driving.
- Never, ever drink and drive. This is common sense – and it’s an idea that is often beaten over drivers’ heads. But a significant number of fatal car accidents involved alcohol, and more wrong-way driving accidents are caused by alcohol and drugs than any other factor. Remember: drinking and driving doesn’t just hurt you, it can kill others.
- Report dangerous or confusing on-ramps and intersections. If there is a lack of signage or a poor road design near your home, report it to the Department of Transportation or your local government. If you are confused by a roadway, chances are that others are as well, especially those who don’t live in the area.
Because wrong-way accidents are usually head-on accidents, the collisions often result in fatalities and serious injuries. If you have been involved in a Texas wrong-way car crash, it is important to speak with an accident attorney about your case.