Houston, TX – ABC13 reported a major crash involving several vehicles occurred west of Highway 288 interchange over Almeda Road in Houston, Texas. The cause of the accident was a wrong-way driver of a cargo van.
Several victims had to be pulled out from the wreck by firefighters and at least one person was transported to the hospital.
What Is A Wrong-Way Driving Crash?
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a “wrong-way” crash is when a vehicle travels in the opposite direction of the legal flow of traffic on a high speed divided highway or access ramp and crashes into another vehicle traveling in the legal direction. The FHA does not include vehicles that cross over a median and travels into oncoming traffic as a wrong-way crash.
When drivers drive the wrong way against traffic, they present a significant risk to themselves and others. Wrong-way driving crashes don't happen often, but when they do, it's likely to lead to a head on collision resulting in serious personal injuries and death.
Texas Statistics On Wrong-Way Crashes
The Texas Transportation Institute researched wrong-way crashes and compiled the following statistics:
- Wrong-way crashes typically occurred on freeway exit ramps
- In comparison to other crashes, wrong-way crashes are more severe causing serious injuries and fatalities
- Elderly drivers are more often involved in wrong-way crashes
- Male drivers are more likely to be involved in wrong-way crashes
- Up to 75% of wrong-way crashes involve drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Wrong-way crashes often occur during non-daylight hours
- 7% of wrong-way crashes occur between 2:00 a.m. and 2:59 a.m., which is typically after bars close down
How To Avoid Wrong-Way Drivers
Wrong-way driving accidents typically occur in the early morning hours. If you are on the roadway during non-daylight hours, consider doing the following:
- Exercise extra vigilance by scanning the entire roadway ahead
- Drive in the right-hand, or slow, lane. Studies have found that wrong-way crashes typically occur in the inside, or left lane, because the wrong-way driver believes they are driving in slow lane
- If you see head lights, slow down and move over to the right as far as possible
- Call 9-1-1 to report the wrong-way driver
HRSLawyers.com posts these articles to keep the Greater Houston community informed about traffic accidents and other news. These blog posts are not intended to give legal advice. However, if you or a loved one has been involved in a similar accident and need help from an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact the Houston, TX Personal Injury Lawyers at Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP. Our lawyers can help you find answers and obtain monetary compensation for any lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
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