Head-on collisions are more dangerous than any other type of accident, and often occur when drivers go the wrong way. They can lead to serious injury or death, as was the case in December when seven people were hospitalized after a wrong-way driver caused a series of accidents along Interstate 95 near Hillsboro. Wrong way accidents are a serious problem in Florida, but can easily be avoided by following these safety tips.
Avoid Drinking and Driving
Motorists are more likely to go the wrong way when they are intoxicated. That was the case in February 2014, when four fraternity brothers from the University of South Florida were killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. On September 21, tragedy was adverted when police officers intercepted a high school teacher near Interstate 75 in Tampa going the wrong way, and charged him with DUI. To ensure you are not another statistic, choose a designated driver if you plan to imbibe even a little.
You should also be aware of some signs that might indicate another driver is intoxicated. A few of these signs include:
- Driving too slowly
- Operating without headlights after dark
- Inconsistent signaling
- Drifting across traffic lanes
- Sudden stopping for no apparent reason
Should you notice any of these signs, get as much information about the vehicle as possible and then notify authorities.
Be Aware of your Surroundings
Drivers sometimes go the wrong way because they are unfamiliar with their surroundings. When driving in unfamiliar areas, you should remain especially alert to conditions. Most highways have signs that will warn you when you are going the wrong way, and some areas even have signs or lights that will flash as well. Paying attention to these things will help you avoid going the wrong way, and can enable you to get off the road quickly if you do find yourself headed the wrong direction.
You should also be aware of your surroundings in order to spot other drivers who are going the wrong way. Look for headlights coming directly at you, or traffic ahead that appears to be swerving to avoid something. If you do notice a wrong-way driver, slow down and pull off the road if possible. You should also sound your horn and flash your lights to alert the other driver.
Avoiding Wrong-Way Drivers
Avoid driving in the left-hand lane for an extended period, as this makes it more likely you will encounter a wrong-way motorist. You’re also more likely to encounter a wrong-way driver who is headed south in a northbound lane. More operators are cited with going the wrong way between the hours of midnight and 2:00 a.m.
If you’ve been the victim of a wrong-way driver, you could be facing costly medical bills, not to mention a reduction in your quality of life. Contact the accident attorneys at David & Philpot, P.L. today (800.360.7015). The call is free and we are here to help you through this difficult time.