Changes to seatbelt laws and law enforcement crackdowns on driving under the influence (DUIs) have helped push the number of people who are killed in motor vehicle accidents down by almost 25 percent over the past decade according to data released by the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Unfortunately, this decrease hasn’t affected the number of people killed in wrong-way driving accidents. According to NHTSA figures, about 360 people die in these types of crashes every year. Even though wrong-way accident fatalities only make up a fraction of the more than 32,000 people who were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2014, these types of crashes are almost always caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of the wrong-way driver.
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been keeping a close eye on what causes wrong-way driving crashes, and released a Highway Special Investigation Report (PDF) back in December of 2012 that details some of their findings. One of the more telling pieces of information they revealed what that a large percentage of these crashes took place after the at-fault driver entered an exit ramp – while the official investigators identified poor signage and confusing roadway design as a factor in a number of these crashes, the blame frequently fell on the drivers themselves. Some of the most notable influencing factors included in the report were:
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Our New York car accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm have dedicated their careers to representing injured victims in order to secure them the compensation they need to cover their medical bills and any other damages they may have incurred. If you or someone you love was seriously injured or killed in a wrong-way driving accident, give us a call at (212) 577-9325 to speak with a member of our firm, or fill out our online form to request a free case consultation today.
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