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Wrong-Way Collisions Are 27 Times More Severe Than Other Accidents.


July 09, 2021

Wrong-Way Collisions That Occur on Controlled-Access Highways Are 27 Times More Severe Than Other Types of Accidents. 

Wrong-way driving is defined as motor vehicle movement inside a travel lane and opposite the legal flow of traffic.  The two most common places for wrong-way accidents are highway access ramps and high-speed divided highways.  

The Severity of Wrong-Way Collisions

Wrong-way crashes account for about three percent of the total number of accidents on high-speed divided interstates and highways.  However, wrong-way accidents are more likely to cause more severe injuries and fatalities than any other type of highway accident. The severity of a wreck is understood in terms of its accident dynamics. The overwhelming majority of wrong-way accidents on controlled-access highways are head-on collisions.

An extensive collection of state research, administered by state departments of transportation over the past several decades, affirms that wrong-way collisions have higher death rates than all other types of accidents.  One study in Virginia discovered that the fatality rate for wrong-way accidents on controlled-access roadways was 27 times greater than different motor vehicle accidents. The California Department of Transportation observed that the fatality rate was twelve times higher than all other crashes on controlled-access highways.  A Michigan study ascertained that 22 percent of wrong-way crashes were fatal, as opposed to 0.3 percent for all highway collisions during the same time frame.  

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https://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-studies/Documents/SIR1201.pdf

Category: Auto Accidents

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