Main CausesWrong-way auto accidents can be caused by driver negligence or from mistakes because signage does not indicate an entrance or exit ramp to the highway. Driver mistakes also are a factor and include driving under influence of drugs or alcohol, using mobile phones or texting, lack of visibility and distracted driving. It is also possible to engage in wrong way driving due to incomplete infrastructure or poor visibility of ramp signs. Cloverleaf ramp designs usually confused drivers who are entering and exiting highways.
Preventive MeasuresThe best way to reduce the risk of wrong way driving accidents is to anticipate what’s ahead by looking beyond the first line of cars. Other preventive measures include:
- Using blinkers to alert drivers on which lane you will be moving to if you see wrong way driver approaching,
- Moving your car to the right lane as soon as you spot a wrong way driver approaching,
- Ensuring you have on seatbelts and your airbags are in working condition to protect yourself from collisions,
- Calling law enforcement in case of an accident and record the event for auto insurance compensation and processing.