A woman from Coral Springs was killed in a recent head-on car accident along Sawgrass Expressway. According to CBS Miami, the 21-year-old victim was a passenger in a vehicle that was hit by a wrong-way driver. The 20-year-old driver of the vehicle was heading west on the expressway when she was hit by an oncoming vehicle, just west of University Drive shortly before 2:00 a.m. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that the passenger was killed on impact.
To help put an end to wrong way drivers, the victims uncle is suggesting a physical barrier, whether it be a tire spike or something else to stop drivers from heading the wrong way.
Our accident lawyers in Coral Springs understand that wrong-way accidents are too often deadly. Although these accidents only account for about 3 percent of all motor-vehicle accidents, the force of such collisions make them particularly difficult to survive. Did you know that about 75 percent of all wrong-way accidents are caused by a drunk driver? They peak at roughly 2:00 a.m. According to recent statistics, wrong-way drivers typically have more traffic violations, accidents and felony convictions that the average driver. Unfortunately, wrong-way crashes are becoming more common, even as the overall fatal crash rate has declined.
Head-on and wrong-way accidents are much more likely to result in serious and fatal injuries. The severity of these accidents is understood in terms of crash dynamics. Most of the wrong-way collisions on highways are observed on controlled-access roads.Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that there were close to 2,000 people who were killed in wrong-way car accidents in the U.S. in 2009. There were thousands more seriously injured across the country.
To help put an end to these kinds of accidents, officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation are working on new road technologies and the visibility of road signs and markers to help keep drivers from entering roadways and freeways the wrong way. They’re also working on signs to alert other drivers to be on the lookout for this dangerous behavior.
Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) first looked into the dangers, risks and occurrences of wrong-way accidents back in 1968. Since then, the NTSB has issued close to 50 recommendations to help combat the problems, half of them dealing with alcohol-impaired drivers.
According to the NTSB, 15 percent of wrong-way crashes involve drivers over the age of 70. About 70 percent of these accidents result in a fatality. Drunk drivers cause 60 percent of wrong-way crashes. Nearly 10 percent of those accidents involve repeat offenders.
If it’s not clear enough already, we can’t rely on the safe driving habits of others to protect us on the roadways.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident, contact Hollander Law Form at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. There is no fee unless we win.