Tragic, Fatal Wrong Way Accident on State Road 82 in Hendry County, Florida
Driver Goes the Wrong Way on Roadway, Tragically Perishes in Accident on State Road 82
HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. – Two vehicles crashed into each other leaving one person dead after troopers say he was driving the wrong way on State Road 82.*
Per troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol, a man, aged 31, from Immokalee, Florida was headed west in the eastbound lanes when his vehicle hit into a van head-on. The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The crash occurred close to Calumet Road just east of Lehigh Acres in the morning hours.
The driver of the van, a 52-year-old from Lehigh Acres, Florida sustained serious injuries and as a result, was transported to a local hospital for treatment. His current status remains unknown at this time. There are no further details on the accident. An investigation of the accident is ongoing.
Accidents involving wrong-way drivers cause approximately 300 to 400 deaths per year, per the Federal Highway Administration. Wrong-way driving is defined as a vehicle operator who travels in the opposite direction of traffic on a highway or freeway, causing the individual to hit another vehicle headed in the right direction.
While wrong-way crashes are not common, they account for 3% of all vehicular accidents and are the leading cause of motor vehicle accident that results in fatalities. The rate of deaths is about 12 and 27% higher than all other types of crashes, per the National Transportation Safety Board. Wrong-way drivers, in essence, often cause deadly head-on collisions that typically involve an excessive rate of speed.
Wrong-way accidents cause between 300 and 400 roadway fatalities each year according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). Wrong-way driving is defined as a driver who operates their vehicle in the opposite direction of travel on a freeway or highway and collides with a vehicle traveling in the right direction.
In the event of a wrong-way driver-related accident, serious injuries are likely to occur. If the accident does not result in a fatality, people often sustain catastrophic injuries in these deadly types of accidents. Common injuries associated with wrong-way driving include bone fractures, whiplash, serious trauma to the head, a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, burns, as well as complete or partial paralysis.
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