Police reported a wrong way head-on car crash that left two injured in Kennewick. A passenger vehicle traveling the wrong lane collided head-on with a pick-up truck attempting to turn. Both drivers needed to be transported to a nearby medical center for evaluation of injuries. Police closed the roadway for some time as crews worked to clear the wreckage from the car crash.
Wrong Way Driving Statistics
Wrong-way driving happens when a driver inadvertently or deliberately drives in the opposite direction of traffic flow. Most commonly alcohol is a major cause of fatal wrong-way driving crashes. A study by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WDOT) found that 50 percent of the 30 wrong-way driving crashes in the I-82 Yakima to Tri-Cities corridor study were alcohol or drug-related. Most wrong-way driving fatal car accidents occur in urban areas vs. rural areas. On average 152 wrong-way crashes in urban areas or 56.5 percent occur each year in the United States.
What Causes a Wrong Way Accident?
Driver error is most frequently the cause of a wrong-way accident. Most of these accidents are due to drivers entering a highway exit ramp. The reason for such a severe mistake varies but the most common causes of wrong-way accidents are as follows.
- Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medications.
- Distracted driving.
- The driver is unfamiliar with the roadway in the area.
- Poorly marked ramps.
- Poorly placed signs.
- Poor ramp design.
- Lack of visibility.
- Lack of signage.
- Driver is suffering from mental health problems.
- Drowsy or tired driving.
Of all these reasons for a wrong-way driver to make such a critical error, the leading cause is intoxication. 50 to 75 percent of all wrong-way accidents involve an intoxicated driver. In addition, but not surprisingly, most of these accidents occur on the weekend and in the late hours of the night between midnight and 3 AM.
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