Wrong-Way Crash Tragically Kills One in Jacksonville, Florida (FL)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - News4jax.com writes that one person lost his or her life in a tragic wrong-way crash that occurred this week on the Arlington Expressway in Jacksonville. An off-duty police officer was reportedly traveling westbound in the morning on Mathews Bridge when he spotted an SUV traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes.*
The officer began attempts to stop the wrong-way SUV, but before the driver stopped, the vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle under the Cesery Boulevard overpass. The drivers in both of the vehicles were transported to nearby hospitals. The driver in the vehicle that was traveling the correct direction later passed away from his or her injuries.
The crash is under investigation.
Wrong-way crashes occur when a motorist is traveling against the flow of traffic on a divided roadway. These roads are typically ones in which the speed limit is high, making these collisions, particularly deadly head-on crashes. About 300 to 400 people die in these collisions in the United States every year. While wrong-way crashes present a high risk of severe injuries and deaths, they only account for about one percent of all fatal crashes. The reason that a relatively small number of deadly wrecks take place because of wrong-way drivers is that there are many precautions taken to help prevent these instances from occurring. The design of roads and use of traffic control devices help to make it unlikely that a driver would enter a divided highway traveling in the wrong direction.
The leading causes of these devastating wrecks include alcohol impairment and distracted driving. These incidents are more likely at night and on weekends. The AAA advises drivers who see an approaching wrong-way motorist slow down, and move to the right.
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