Tragic Crash Kills Gwinnett Man
GWINNETT, GA- Ajc.com writes that a man died in a severe wrong-way crash that occurred early in the morning on GA 400. The incident occurred in the early morning when the victim was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes.*
Responders declared the victim dead at the scene of the accident. The other driver was also injured in the crash, and responders transported her to the Atlanta Medical Center. Reports indicate that the woman is expected to recover from her injuries. The northbound lanes of the highway were closed for almost four hours but reopened again late in the morning. It is not yet clear why the man was traveling in the wrong direction.
Wrong-way Accidents Tragically Kill Hundreds of People Annually
Wrong-way crashes kill around three to four hundred people every year. While these collisions are not common, they are particularly deadly types of crashes. Wrong-way accidents typically occur when a driver enters a highway on an exit ramp and is, therefore, driving against the flow of oncoming traffic. Roads are designed to prevent this from occurring by placing multiple signs to indicate the direction to drivers. Ramps are also curved in such a way that going in the wrong direction is more difficult of an error to make.
When wrong-way head-on collisions occur, they often have deadly results. The vehicles are typically traveling at high rates of speed, and studies indicate that a head-on collision will often be fatal when cars are traveling at 43 miles per hour. Divided highways post much higher speed limits, therefore, making the chances that a head-on collision will result in fatalities more likely.
Drivers who cause these kinds of wrecks are often under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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Sources:https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/driver-killed-wrong-way-wreck-400/beJ7U5UVGXpC4PkzMWXrwM/ and https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/georgia/driver-killed-going/QQNUK56UZEBLIKXA724RKLBSEQ/ and https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/other_topics/wwd/ and https://www.thecarcrashdetective.com/how-to-survive-a-head-on-collision-slow-down-to-below-43mph/