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Wrong-Way Crash Reported on Florida-Alabama Border


March 10, 2020

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL- Wkrg.com writes that a wrong-way crash took place this week on Interstate 10 in Baldwin County close to the border of Alabama. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office stated that the driver was traveling west in the eastbound lanes.*

According to reports, six people sustained injuries in the wreck. Police have not released details regarding the severity of those injuries. The incident led to the closure of the interstate while responders worked at the scene. 

Wrong-way crashes are typically head-on collisions. When the term wrong way is used, the collision will have occurred on a divided roadway. The speed limits on these roads are often high, and the resulting crashes are therefore severe. There are many safeguards in place to prevent drivers from entering the highway against the flow of traffic. When these roads are designed, the exit ramps are marked with redundant signage to increase the chances of a driver realizing their mistake before they enter the road and cause a violent crash. 

When wrong-way collisions occur, the driver who entered the road is often under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These collisions are also common at night. Despite efforts to prevent these incidents, about 300 to 400 people are killed in crashes caused by wrong-way drivers each year in the United States. This only represents one percent of overall traffic accidents in America. Although these incidents are rare, they tend to be extremely severe collisions because the cars are traveling at such high speeds and in opposite directions. When it comes to head-on impacts, cars need only be traveling at about 43 miles per hour for a head-on impact to have a high rate of fatalities. On divided highways, the speed limits are often far above 43 miles per hour. 

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Sources:https://www.wkrg.com/baldwin-county/wrong-way-driver-crash-shuts-down-i-10-eb-near-state-lane/ 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/

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