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How wrong-way collisions put Louisiana drivers in danger

Although wrong-way collisions account for only 3 percent of all motor vehicle accidents, they are more likely to result in fatalities. For example, the state of Virginia found that wrong-way accidents were 27 times more likely to result in fatalities compared to other crashes. In California, wrong-way crashes were 12 times more likely to result in fatalities. The reason why such accidents are more dangerous than others is because many of them involve head-on collisions.

The NTSB has determined that there are four main causes of wrong-way driving. In the vast majority of cases, the driver is impaired by alcohol or another substance. Older drivers may also have unique issues behind the wheel that leads to wrong-way driving. Another possible issue stems from how similar the entrance and exit ramps look to a driver who may not know what direction he or she is going in.

The NTSB has been investigating wrong-way accidents and their effects since 1968. Since then, a number of state and local governments have also studied the issue in depth. It has been determined by looking at crash data between 2004 and 2009 that alcohol-impaired drivers have caused 60 percent of these crashes. The driver who was going in the right direction was found to be impaired by alcohol in only 6.5 percent of crashes.

A person who has been injured in a car accident may pursue legal action against the driver who caused the crash. Those who were passengers in a car that caused a crash, other drivers and pedestrians may be able to win compensation for medical bills and lost wages. An attorney may be able to review the case and help gather evidence that may be used in a formal trial or as part of settlement negotiations.

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