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Wrong-way, Head-on Collisions Are a Growing Problem

January 25, 2023

According to a news report published on, wrong-way accidents are becoming a growing problem. Following the tragic, fatal wrong-way crash in Connecticut that tragically took the life of a Connecticut State Representative, the Massachusetts State Police reported that wrong-way accidents had become a growing problem.

In a recent crash along the Mass Pike, a 39-year-old New York woman was arrested for driving under the influence after she caused a wrong-way accident. The alleged drunk driver was driving eastbound on the westbound traffic lanes of the Mass Pike in Blandford when she hit a man driving a truck. As in most wrong-way, head-on collisions on highways, the victim tragically passed away after the collision. 

A West Springfield resident stated that these accidents happen so quickly that crashes are difficult to avoid. She also stated that drivers have to remain alert when driving because you never know what other drivers are going to do or what state of mind they are in. 

According to AAA, older age, drunk driving, and driving without a passenger increase a driver's chance of being in a wrong-way accident. AAA data shows that 60% of wrong-way collisions involve a drunk driver. Moreover, drivers 70 years old or older are at a greater risk of driving in the wrong direction than younger drivers. AAA states that about 87% of wrong-way drivers were in the car alone, and drivers with passengers reduce their chances of driving against the flow of traffic. 

AAA also recommends that government agencies create safety improvements to prevent these deadly crashes. Some solutions include alcohol ignition interlock devices and installing more-visible signs and traffic signals. AAA states that there was a 34% increase in wrong-way crash deaths nationwide from 2014 through 2018.

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Category: Personal Injury

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