For drivers in Michigan and across the nation, there are inherent dangers with heading out on the road. In recent years, that has included drivers who are behaving negligently, recklessly, are under the influence and are distracted. Any of these factors can be the catalyst in an accident. Researchers analyze collisions to try and forge solutions and make the roads safer. In recent years, there has been a concerning uptick in wrong-way accidents. Given the potential for catastrophic injuries and fatalities in this kind of auto accident, it is important to understand the available steps in its aftermath.
AAA expresses worry over wrong-way collisions
According to AAA, wrong-way accidents are happening more frequently. From 2015 through 2018, an estimated 500 people died in wrong-way accidents each year. This was around one-third higher than in the prior five years. Unless the causes are understood and mitigated, the trend is expected to continue. There are three reasons why AAA believes these accidents are increasing: drivers who are under the influence of alcohol; older drivers; and drivers who are in their vehicle alone.
Regarding alcohol, drivers’ judgment is known to be compromised when they are under the influence. This can lead to egregious mistakes like driving in the opposite direction of the flow of traffic. In these accidents, there was a significantly greater likelihood of the driver being under the influence than not. For older drivers, it is easier to get confused and make a major error when on the road. The number of wrong-way accidents was overwhelmingly in favor of people who were alone in the vehicle at 87%.
Addressing the ramifications of a wrong-way accident
When there is a wrong-way accident, there is a major chance that people will be severely hurt and lose their lives. Often, it causes a head-on crash which is known to be among the deadliest categories of accidents. Brain trauma, broken bones, spinal cord damage and internal damage are common. The care necessary can be exorbitantly expensive and people might never return to their pre-accident condition.
For those who have lost a loved one, there may be emotional, personal and family consequences. To address the litany of challenges that happen after motor vehicle accidents, it might be beneficial to have professional help. Consulting with experienced professionals can assist in assessing the options and pursuing compensation in a legal claim.