Four Dead in Alabama Wrong-Way Crash in Baldwin County, Alabama
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL- Wkrg.com writes that a wrong-way driver was killed in a collision with another vehicle and that three people in the vehicle traveling the opposite direction were also killed. The right way driver and two passengers in that vehicle were all using their seatbelts at the time of the collision.*
Wrong-way accidents are typically head-on collisions that occur on divided highways. In order for a wrong-way collision to take place, a driver must somehow get onto the highway heading in the wrong direction. This means that they likely entered the highway on an exit ramp.
In many cases, these crashes involve drivers who are under the influence of alcohol. The chances of being involved in a wrong-way crash are quite low but increase slightly on nights and weekends where there are more alcohol-impaired drivers on the roadways.
Crashes involving head-on collisions are some of the most devastating on the road. When vehicles hit one another traveling towards one another, the forces involved do not just double, but actually quadruple.
Head-on collision accidents are far more common on undivided roadways where a car can drift over a center line and into oncoming traffic. While alcohol may be at play in these accidents too, they can happen fairly easily when a driver looks at a smartphone, the radio or falls asleep and drifts across the roadway. For the driver traveling in the correct direction, there may be little or no time to react to avoid the accident once a vehicle going the opposite direction veers across the centerline.
Unfortunately, even at modest speeds, these accidents can be deadly. In most cases, divided roadways protect against these types of crashes. In wrong-way accidents, the risks are even greater because the vehicles can be traveling at tremendous speeds.
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