This month, we covered the tragic story of a wrong-way highway accident in Midland, Texas, that took the lives of two young parents and left their two daughters orphaned. After an investigation into the crash, authorities found that the wrong-way driver was intoxicated and traveling west in the eastbound lanes of highway 191 in the seconds before the deadly collision.
Sadly, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is the leading cause of wrong-way accidents around the country. Let’s take a look at the three leading ways these often-deadly, head-on crashes occur:
- Drugs & Alcohol. While getting behind the wheel after having a few beers can slow your reaction times and cloud your judgment (which is dangerous enough as it is), driving while extremely intoxicated can make it impossible for you to obey the rules of the road and correctly follow basic signs. The result? Deadly wrong-way driving.
- Poor signage or road design. In some cases, wrong-way driving will reoccur at the same place, be it an on-ramp, off-ramp, or intersection. These incidents may point to a serious issue with the road design or signage that confuses drivers and causes them to enter a roadway in the wrong direction. Wrong-way accidents that are due to a lack of signs or a confusing road design could be the responsibility of the entity that designed the road.
- Medical issues and old age. Some wrong-way driving accidents happen when a driver suffers from a medical condition while behind the wheel or when an older driver suffers from age- or dementia-related confusion. In a few cases we read about, diabetic drivers suffering from blood sugar imbalances have driven the wrong way down a highway or interstate.
When analyzing a wrong-way driving accident, it is vital to understand why the accident took place, whether there was more than one factor at play, and how we can prevent similar future accident. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a Texas wrong way driving crash, speak with a Dallas car accident attorney. The personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at Rasansky Law Firm have the experience and knowledge to help. Call today to schedule a free, confidential meeting.