The number of wrong-way car accidents is increasing in Georgia and across the country, generating concern for traffic authorities in every state and across the nation.
On average, 350 people are killed each year nationwide in a wrong-way car accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Reporting System. These numbers continue to increase each year.
Alcohol impairment is the number one cause of wrong-way accidents, followed by old age and driving alone. Driving alone makes it more challenging for drivers to remain alert and to see clearly. Also, older drivers are at a higher risk of a wrong-way car accident because they may not be physically able to respond as quickly as they should.
This type of accident is one of the most dangerous vehicle crashes because it is often a head-on collision. In addition, these accidents often result in collateral damage, putting more lives at risk.
What can we do to prevent these accidents?
We can try to prevent these accidents by:
- Ensuring that you are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is the best and most effective way of preventing this type of car accident and many other types of accidents.
- Ask your primary care physician if any medical issue could prevent you from driving safely. Don’t forget to ask them to consider any prescription drugs you may be taking that could impact your driving ability.
- Avoid driving at night, especially if you are alone. If you must drive in the dark, try to get someone to come with you. Play some music, take stops when necessary and engage in conversation to stay awake.
Wrong-way car accidents are severe and often fatal, but there are actions we can take to help prevent them. Following traffic laws and staying up-to-date on your state’s legislation, statistics and prevention initiatives can go a long way in keeping yourself and others safe when you get on the road.