Avoid Wrong Way Crashes and Stay Right at Night

Wrong way crashes do not happen very often but when they do, the results can be catastrophic.  Since the majority of wrong way crashes result in head on collisions, these types of accidents continue to be a major concern in our nation.  The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (DHSMV) safety campaign for the month of July is “Wrong Way Driving Awareness Month.”  During the month of July, DHSMV is encouraging drivers to “Stay Right at Night” to avoid being in a crash with a wrong way driver.

According to DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes, “Wrong way crashes are high impact crashes, which means drivers and passengers involved are occasionally injured, if not killed.  Motorists are encouraged to stay in the right lane, especially at night, and always pay attention to posted street signs to avoid becoming a wrong way driver themselves.”

Data from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows that in Florida, in 2015, there were 1,490 wrong way crashes which resulted in 1,454 injuries and 96 fatalities.  These numbers have increased from the 2013 data which was 1,351 wrong way crashes, 1,371 injuries and 70 fatalities.  DHSMV data also shows that wrong way crashes are not always caused by driver’s impairment.  With this in mind, it is imperative for all drivers to educate themselves on how to avoid a wrong way crash.

Safety Tips to Avoid Wrong Way Crashes from DHSMV

  • Stay Right at Night to avoid crashes with wrong way drivers
  • Call 911 immediately to report wrong way drivers. If you see a wrong way driver approaching, immediately reduce your speed and pull off the roadway.
  • Stay Alert – Do not drive distracted. Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Learn and obey all traffic signs. If you drive past a wrong way sign, turn around immediately.  When you see a posted red sign, think:  “Stop.” “Do Not Enter.” “Wrong Way.”
  • Look for FDOT dynamic messaging signs for wrong way driver alerts. When you see an alert, reduce your speed, move over to the right and proceed with caution.  If you see a wrong way driver approaching, immediately pull off the roadway.

What can you do After a Wrong Way Accident?

If you or a loved one is involved in an accident where a wrong way driver has collided into your vehicle it is important to have a qualified and experienced attorney fighting for you.  The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz, P.A., have over 50 years of experience with personal injury and auto accidents.  We are here to fight for you.  We have six offices in Southwest Florida, located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte, for your convenience.  Call us today and set up your appointment for a free consultation.