A March 26 wrong-way crash in Nashville resulted in the hospitalization of two people, one of them in serious condition. According to information from the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB), wrong-way crashes account for about three percent of crashes, but they more likely to result in fatalities and serious injuries than other traffic crashes. Because of that, it is especially important to know what to do to avoid being the cause of a wrong-way crash.
- Do not drink and drive. According to data from the NTSB, at least 60 percent of wrong-way crashes involved drivers who whose driving was impaired by alcohol. Nearly 60 percent of wrong-way drivers who were alcohol-impaired had a BAC above 0.15.
- Pay attention to entrance and exit ramps. People entering an exit ramp are among the top causes of wrong-way crashes.
- Be aware of one-way streets, particularly when driving in an unfamiliar area. If you realize you are driving down a one-street the wrong way, get turned around as quickly and safely as possible.
- Make sure to obey “Do Not Enter” and “Wrong Way” signs as well.
- Watch carefully for other drivers when making a U-turn. Make sure you can make the turn legally and that there are not vehicles going either way that you might hit or that might hit you when you are making your turn. You may need to pull off the road and wait for other vehicles to pass before turning around.
- Know when it is time to let someone else drive. If you are tired, under the influence of prescription drugs, or otherwise distracted or impaired, let someone else take the wheel. When you cannot devote your full attention to driving, you are more likely to make potentially dangerous driving mistakes.
Unfortunately, other drivers might not be paying attention. If you were injured in an accident caused by another driver, contact us. Our Nashville injury attorneys will provide you with a free case evaluation.