Wrong-Way Crashes in North Carolina are on the Rise
There was yet another wrong way driver-related crash on Monday in Durham, resulting in two fatalities and numerous injuries to those riding in an SUV involved in the incident. The reports of these wrong way crashes in North Carolina seem to be on the rise. According to a WRAL.com report, in the last 16 years there have been more than 500 wrong-way driving motor vehicle crashes.
According to the news article, the rise in fatalities and injuries has prompted the NCDOT to start looking into and studying why this may be happening. According to a separate study conducted by reviewing crashes between 2006-2012, a six year time period, there were 200 incidents. If this is the case, and if the report from WRAL is correct, that would mean that in the last four or so years there have been 300 wrong-way driver crashes, which is approximately 45 more per year.
The old study discussed how difficult it is to figure out the entry points for the wrong way drivers. The study also cited:
- Because it is so hard to determine the exact entry points of wrong way driving, it makes it difficult to treat a specific location.
- Older drivers are often confused when there are too many signs at a given location and they tend to look for/at pavement markings in these cases.
- Wrong way driving crashes/incidents are more likely to occur at locations in which two ramp entry/exit points are closely spaced.
- Some states have used a systematic approach to use Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds to address wrong-way driving crashes.
- Some states have used cell phone/Bluetooth data (direction, speed, vehicle movements) to track wrong way driving.
Of course, the study is almost four years old at this point and we have seen a marked increase in these crashes in North Carolina.
So what should you do if you are involved in a wrong-way accident, or any accident, for that matter?
- Try to do you best to stay calm. Call 911 immediately if someone needs medical assistance.
- If you are able to move your vehicle to a safe zone and away from traffic, do so.
- Gather information.
- Driver and passenger names
- License plate numbers
- Insurance info
- Makes and models of all vehicles involved
- Contact info for any eyewitnesses
- Location of the accident
- The name and badge number of any responding police officers
- Try to document the scene using pictures from your cell phone.
- Witness information:
- If there are any witnesses, if you can gather their contact information, this may help later on
- Contact your insurance company
- Call an attorney
It is critical to consult an experienced attorney if anyone was injured in the accident. The expert personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood can help you maximize your recovery sum if you were injured. Contact us today and let us review your claim.
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