It is true that some of the most devastating car accidents in Toledo occur because people do not follow basic traffic laws. One such law is riding in the right lane or right of way. Driving your car purposefully in the wrong way can present dangers for yourself and the oncoming traffic. That is
why accidents caused by wrong-way driving are not uncommon.
You deserve compensation if you were injured in a car accident caused by a negligent party driving the wrong way. Understanding why these accidents happen and how they can be prevented for future safety is important. Meanwhile, do not hesitate to consult with an attorney today and start building your case.
What are the common causes of wrong-way accidents?
- Driving under the influence.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs can be extremely dangerous, as you would already know. Alcohol impairs your ability to make judgments, and you lose a sense of right and wrong. Sometimes, drivers think they are driving on the right lane or road when they drive on the wrong way and end up in a devastating accident.
- Road conditions.
Sometimes, it is the driver’s fault. Sometimes, it is the poor road conditions. During the night, drivers may not be able to see the road correctly when there is a lack of lighting. They may be surprised by road construction and confused about which lane or road they should drive on. They could turn the wrong way and hit with oncoming traffic. Confusing road signs may also be a contributing factor.
- Turning onto a one-way street in the wrong direction.
One of the most common reasons for people to get into wrong-way accidents is because they started driving on a one-way road and drove in the opposite direction of oncoming traffic. This type of car accident happens in metro cities more as they tend to have traffic flow in one direction instead of two.
Distractions may be why the driver did not see the sign for one-way and started driving on the wrong road. Distractions may result from eating a bagel while driving or texting your girlfriend that you are going to reach the destination in under 5 minutes. Any kind of distraction can lead a driver to make poor decisions.
- Advanced age.
People of old age are more likely to make traffic mistakes. It is not uncommon for grandpas and grandmas to turn their cars the wrong way, thinking they are going the right way. This can be dangerous because old people are less likely to survive accidents.