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Wrong-way crashes more fatal than other types of accidents

Most Nebraska drivers know that driving in the wrong direction on an entrance or exit ramp is extremely dangerous and can result in a serious car crash. In fact, the National Transportation Safety Board has found that 3 percent of accidents are wrong-way crashes; however, these type of accidents are much more likely to be fatal or to result in serious injuries.

There has been a substantial amount of research conducted involving wrong-way accidents. In a study conducted by Virginia authorities, it was found that the fatality rate was 27 times higher for wrong-way accidents than other types of crashes. Additionally, the California Department of Transportation found that the fatality rate of wrong-way accidents was 12 times higher when compared to other types of highway crashes. Even further, a Michigan study concluded that 22 percent of wrong-way collisions were fatal while less than 1 percent of other highway accidents were fatal.

The NTSB found that many wrong-way accidents were caused by drunk drivers. Impaired drivers were identified as a serious safety concern in a 1984 study. In 1990, the NTSB recommended that toxicological testing and reporting should be standardized and that all drivers should be tested if they are involved in a fatal accident. The NTSB had also issued reviews of the problem in 2000 and been involved in a public forum in 2012.

Motor vehicle accidents of any type can result in serious injuries or even death. A person who suffers a serious injury in an accident that was caused by another driver might want to seek compensation for the damages that have been obtained by filing a lawsuit against the responsible party with the assistance of an attorney.

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