2 Killed In Florida Wrong-Way Crash
Unfortunately, wrong-way crashes seem to be on the rise in Florida and other parts of the country. Why are people driving in the wrong direction? There are many factors that could be in play, such as alcohol and drug use, confusion, poor signage, and vision problems.
A recent wrong-way crash in Florida killed two people. The fatal car accident occurred on May 11 on U.S. 1 near mile marker 122, between Florida City and Key Largo. A Chevrolet sedan was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the highway when it collided head-on with a Toyota pickup truck. Another vehicle was involved, with three vehicles severely damaged.
Both drivers—unidentified men—died at the accident scene. The driver of the third vehicle, an unidentified person, was evaluated and released at the crash site. The lanes were shut down several hours as police investigated. Traffic was rerouted to Car Sound Road.
It is unknown why the driver was traveling in the wrong direction. The crash is under investigation.
What to Know About Wrong-Way Crashes
Coming upon a wrong-way driver can be scary. If you are ever in this situation, your main priority should be doing what you can to get out of the way. Try to navigate as far to the right as possible, even along the shoulder. However, do not veer into another lane without looking, as you could crash into another vehicle. Come to a complete stop and turn on your hazard lights to avoid getting hit by other drivers. Call 911 and let police know that there is a wrong-way driver.
It’s also a good idea to flash your headlights and honk your own to hopefully get the attention of the wrong-way driver, but only do this if it is safe. You should never perform any unsafe driving maneuvers. You should never under any circumstances follow a wrong-way driver.
Be mindful of how wrong-way accidents occur. The top cause is intoxication, so avoid using drugs or alcohol before driving. Distracted driving is also an issue. Put your phone down, avoid dealing with rowdy pets and children, and focus on the task of driving so you can ensure you are traveling in the right direction. Also, be aware of confused drivers. Older motorists who are unfamiliar with the area may end up going in the wrong direction. This can cause serious accidents, especially if on the freeway.
Seek Help for Your Car Accident Case
Car accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including wrong-way driving. A person who is driving in the wrong direction is dangerous, putting the lives of other motorists at risk, often causing death.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a wrong-way crash, contact the Dade City & Zephyrhills auto accident attorneys at Mander Law Group. Our experienced attorneys will help you get all the compensation possible. Fill out the online form or call (800) 557-0411 to schedule a consultation.