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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Wrong-way Crash in Long Island Kills Two

What causes wrong-way accidents?

A horrific wrong-way accident recently resulted in the deaths of two individuals in Long Island.  Police report that a white Infiniti sedan was driving eastbound in the westbound lane on Sunrise Highway in Brookhaven.  The driver was celebrating his birthday with his cousin.  This wrong way vehicle struck a Chrysler van around four a.m.  The 23-year-old driver of the Infiniti was killed instantly, while the 49-year-old driver of the van was declared dead at the hospital.  A passenger in the Infiniti was transported to the hospital in critical condition.  Police are still investigating the cause of this fatal wrong-way crash.  

Causes of Wrong-Way Crashes

Wrong-way accidents account for less than five percent of all accidents, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, but these rare accidents have a high fatality rate.  Head-on collisions are considered the most deadly type of car crash, inflicting death and catastrophic injuries.  Due to the severity of these accidents, it is critical that injured accident victims contact a New York City car accident lawyer as soon as possible.  

Some of the most common causes of wrong-way crashes include:

  1. Drunk driving:  Over half of all wrong-way driving crashes involve driver intoxication.  Drunk drivers may become disoriented and enter roads or highway ramps traveling in the wrong direction.  These serious accidents will often additionally involve excessive rates of speed.
  2. Driver distraction:  Drivers that are looking down at their phones or engaging in other distracting behaviors may accidently cross over the center line and enter traffic traveling in the wrong direction.  
  3. Insufficient signage:  At times, a lack of sufficient directional markings or signage will cause drivers to enter the highway or road going in the wrong direction.  It is important for states and counties to examine their signage regularly to ensure it is still in place and accurate.  

Drowsy driving: Drivers who fall asleep while driving are liable to end up in the wrong lane, colliding head-on with approaching cars or trucks.  Improvements in barriers and rumble strips on both sides of roadways can help to prevent these accidents.


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