WRONG-WAY ACCIDENTS OFTEN THE RESULT OF DRUNK DRIVING
Wrong-way accidents are a serious issue for many states, including Tennessee. A study by the National Transportation Safety Board supports the idea that states should be worried about wrong-way crashes, as the report shows that these collisions are very serious and are often caused by drunk drivers. At Cantrell, Goodge & Associate, we share the community's concerns when it comes to issues of traffic fatalities, particularly those that are attributable to drunk driving.
According to the NTSB study, 60 percent of wrong-way crashes are linked to drunk drivers. In addition, these types of accidents have been statistically shown to be exceptionally dangerous. While they only account for approximately 3 percent of all high-speed divided highway collisions, wrong-way crashes carry a much higher likelihood of resulting in severe injuries and fatalities than other types of highway accidents.
The study states that wrong-way accidents occur more on weekends and at night during the window of 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The NTSB also notes that these collisions often happen when intoxicated drivers use incorrect ramps to enter the highway.
To counteract the severe effects of wrong-way driving caused by drunk drivers, the NTSB makes several suggestions. One is the implementation of alcohol ignition interlock devices for those who are convicted of DUI. Another is the investigation of newer technologies designed for in-vehicle alcohol detection.
This study is just one more example of the destruction that drunk driving can produce. The victims of such accidents are not powerless, however, as they can pursue civil litigation to make drunk drivers pay for the damage they caused.
For additional information on gaining compensation for injuries caused by a drunk driver, please see our page on drunk driving accidents.