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What can cause a wrong-way accident?

There are so many different scenarios that can cause a car accident in Tennessee. In general, many car accidents are caused by the negligence of one or more other drivers. One such situation occurs when a driver drives the wrong-way down a local road or highway.

These accident are particularly dangerous. This can been seen in a recent post discussed on this blog. In that post, a woman and her children were returning from a vacation when a car traveling the wrong way hit her car. Reports claim that the driver of the other car had turned around on the highway for unknown reasons. The woman was killed and her children were seriously injured.

After reading this, many may wonder -- how does a wrong-way accident occur? According to the National Transportation Safety Board, these types of accidents are often deadly so it is important to recognize the situations where they are likely. In fact, studies have shown that these accidents, while rarer than other types of accidents, are much more deadly. One study showed that fatalities were 27 times more likely in wrong-way accident than other types of accidents.

The NTSB has found that these accidents are often caused by impaired drivers. The data has shown that as many 75 percent of wrong-way accidents are caused by people who have been drinking and driving. Of those drivers, 59 percent of them had a high blood alcohol content level -- over .15 percent -- at the time of the accident. Older driver -- over the age of 70 -- are also often to blame for these types of accidents.

Additionally, certain conditions make these accidents more likely. The NTSB says that these accidents usually occur when a driver enters a roadway using the wrong exit ramp or takes an illegal action. Using emergency turnarounds, for example, can lead to wrong-way accidents. Data also shows that these accidents occur more frequently at night and on the weekends.

Understanding wrong-way accidents may help people to avoid them. While this post cannot provide specific legal advice to wrong-way accident victims, people who have been injured by a negligent driver in a wrong-way accident should speak with an attorney.

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