Wrong-Way Driver Accidents
What You Should Know About Wrong-Way Driver Accidents
Unfortunately, part of I-275 was recently shut down at the Ashley Drive/Downtown exit in Tampa, Florida due to a head-on fatal vehicle collision. Florida Highway Patrol reports two people were killed in the crash, one male driver from each vehicle. The wrong-way driver was heading northbound in the southbound lanes causing the crash.
Protect Your Family from Wrong Way Auto Accidents
We have seen an unusually high number of these types of devastating automobile accidents on our Florida Highways in recent years. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to take steps to keep you and your family safe on the freeway.
- Take evasive action: swerving to the right could help avoid a collision with a wrong-way driver. Many times wrong-way drivers enter the freeways and will veer to their right side of the road, or the fast lane, because they think it is the slow lane. If you veer to your right it could avoid a fatal collision.
- Be alert: Keep your head up, look ahead, and scan the interstate. People tend to look no further than a couple of hundred feet ahead of them. Instead, also look ahead at least a quarter of a mile and give yourself time to try to see the wrong-way driver that could be coming your way.
- Signal your lights: Many wrong-way drivers are on the wrong-side of the road due to driving under the influence of some substance. If you have the time to react, try to signal lights as to your intentions to get the drivers attention.
- Buckle-up: The majority of crashes involving wrong way drivers are head-on collisions and side-swipes. In these types of crashes, the difference between whether you survive or not has a lot to do with if you are wearing your seatbelt.
- Pay attention to the color of the reflectors on the road: If they are white or yellow it means you’re driving in the correct direction. Many road reflectors used are duel colored, white on one side and red on the other. If you are seeing red reflectors on the road, it means you are on the wrong side; stop and turn around!
- Call the police: If you see a driver going the wrong way and you are able to avoid contact, call the authorities and report as many facts as you can: year, make, model, location, direction, and license plate number, if possible.
If you, a family member or a friend is injured in a car accident because of the negligence of a wrong way driver, speak with an attorney about your legal rights. The personal injury & auto accident attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes have been caring for clients in the Tampa Bay area for over 60 years.
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