In the past decade, we have seen a sharp increase in wrong-way car crashes. Wrong-way car crashes are when a car drives against traffic and collides with another car, usually head-on. They are the most severe type of vehicle crash and are often fatal. It is regrettable to see the numbers rise, but it is reassuring to know that having this knowledge, you now have some control over the actions you take while you are on the road.
Most accidents, unfortunately, happen for preventable reasons, such as:
- If the driver is too young or over the age of 70.
- If the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- If the driver is underage and does not have a license.
- If the driver has had their license suspended and drives without one.
- If the driver uses a technological device, such as a mobile phone, while driving.
Driving at night or with impaired vision can also be a factor. Frequently there are several factors combined that cause these tragic accidents, which is why it is essential to do everything you can to prevent an accident.
Drivers who must drive while it is dark are encouraged not to drive alone so that there is a lower risk of them falling asleep. In addition, older individuals who drive should consult their physician to ensure they can drive safely. Also, some prescription medications can impair a person’s ability to drive. Thus, asking your physician if your medication could alter your ability to drive safely is critical.