Wrong-way driving is a critical safety issue across the United States, as they tend to result in the most severe accidents. While wrong-way collisions occur less frequently than other types of accidents, these collisions are often head-on and occur at a high rate of speed. The fatality rate for a Massachusetts wrong-way accident is greater than other accident types.
For example, a news source reported a fatal Massachusetts wrong-way accident on 1-93. According to state police, a driver was traveling south on the north side of the highway when he slammed into two vehicles. The driver’s SUV continued and hit a third vehicle before coming to a stop. The driver died at the scene, and two other drivers received treatment at a local hospital.
Wrong-way driving events tend to involve high-speed and unexpected collisions. Many factors have a significant impact on the frequency and severity of these crashes. While safety agencies implement wrong-way driving countermeasures, these accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate. Recent studies evaluated the impact of these countermeasures by studying driving simulators. In addition to countermeasures, the study also looked at human factors to determine the driver’s stress during a wrong-way driving event.
The study revealed that some of the most causal factors of a wrong-way driving accident include:
- Driver characteristics, such as their age, sex, and impairment;
- Roadway characteristics, such as the road’s geometry, orientation and lighting; and
- Weather conditions, day of the week, and time of day.
According to the study, older drivers are more vulnerable to suffering injuries during a wrong-way accident, and nearly 30% of wrong-way accidents involve drivers over 65 years old. However, the study concedes that older drivers tend to drive less frequently, so they may be overrepresented in these crashes. Statistics also show that wrong-way accidents often occur on interchange exit ramps. Moreover, small vehicle passenger cars are the most common type of vehicles involved in these incidents. Interestingly the study found that most wrong-way driving events occur during sunny weather.
There are many steps governmental entities responsible for roadways and motorists can take to prevent these accidents. However, those who suffer injuries in these types of collisions should consult with an attorney to discuss their rights and remedies.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Wrong-Way Accident?
If you or someone you love has been hurt or died in a Massachusetts wrong-way accident, contact the Law Offices of Barry Feinstein And Affiliates P.C. for assistance. The accident attorneys at our firm have over 25 years of experience obtaining favorable results and securing compensation for our clients. In addition to Massachusetts car accident cases, our firm handles lawsuits involving premises liability, products liability, dog bites, construction site accidents, and wrongful death. Contact an attorney on our team at 800-262-9200 to schedule a free initial consultation.