Earlier this month, there was yet another example of a tragic, fatal Texas wrong-way driving accident. In this case, a driver and passenger were killed on I-45 in Huntsville when another driver entered the northbound lanes of the interstate driving south. Three other people, including the wrong-way driver, suffered serious injuries.
In March, we covered the three most common causes of wrong way driver accidents: driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, elderly drivers, and those suffering medical emergencies. Today, we will look at five more causes of wrong-way car accidents:
- Suicide/Intentional Crashes. It can be hard to believe and hard to understand, but some wrong way drivers are acting intentionally. Some choose to commit suicide by causing a head-on accident, while others may simply be trying to harm others and themselves.
- Bad GPS Directions. Anyone with a GPS mapping system, such as a Tom-Tom or smart phone application, knows that the driving directions are not always accurate. However, some drivers trust the electronic device even when it guides them down the wrong side of a ramp or onto the wrong side of the interstate.
- Criminals Eluding Police. Car chases are responsible for hundreds of serious car accident injuries and deaths each year in the United States. In some cases, someone evading the police will either accidentally or intentionally drive the wrong way down a street or highway during a police chase.
- Inexperienced Drivers. Many drivers simply can’t understand how anyone could accidentally drive the wrong way down the interstate – but to novice drivers, the mistake is easier to make.
- Mental Illness. A number of psychological problems and mental conditions can cloud a person’s thinking and influence their actions, including dementia, memory issues, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia.
Have you or a loved one been harmed by a Texas wrong-way driver? If so, it is very important to understand why the driver who caused the crash was in the wrong lane or on the wrong side of the interstate. A Dallas auto wreck attorney can help you review the evidence of your case. Make the best legal decision for you, your health, and your family. Call today to schedule a confidential appointment.