When we get our driver’s license, we learn how to drive and about the rules of the road. Unfortunately, some drivers forget these things or choose to ignore driving rules and safety, which can lead to wrong-way accidents. Sadly, wrong-way crashes in Florida typically result in severe injuries, disabilities, and even fatalities. So, why would any driver want to drive in the wrong direction?
Because wrong-way accidents are serious types of collisions, it doesn’t make sense that drivers would want to drive the wrong-way, unless they were suicidal or were so intoxicated to think straight. So who are the drivers behind the wheel traveling in the wrong-direction, besides drunk drivers? Let’s take a closer look.
- Drowsy drivers. When drivers are so tired, they can fail to notice directional signage or which way cars are traveling. Many drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel, which can lead to wrong-way crashes.
- Distracted drivers. If drivers are too busy texting and driving, eating, or paying attention to passengers in their vehicles, they may enter a street traveling in the wrong direction.
- Medical emergency. Sometimes drivers have heart attacks, seizures, or other medical issues that cause them to drive erratically or pass out at the wheel, which could lead to wrong-way collisions.
- Elderly drivers. It is common for older drivers to have poor eyesight, which can cause them to miss seeing a wrong-way directional sign and enter a ramp in the wrong direction.
- Drivers of new cars. According to an accident expert at Michigan State University, the new directional headlights don’t illuminate certain road signs. As a result, a driver might miss seeing a road sign that is too high or too left or right for the headlights to catch.
If you were injured in a wrong-way collision in South Florida, you should speak with an experienced attorney about your rights. There may be many possible liable parties in a wrong-way crash, and you will need all the compensation you are entitled to. Call the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free case consultation today at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.