Driving the wrong way on highways became a problem when our interstate highway system was built in the 1950s.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data show that about 350 people die each year when vehicles erroneously drive into oncoming highway traffic. Thousands more are seriously injured annually.
Drivers who are confused, inattentive, or intoxicated cause these serious auto accidents. Poor on-ramp planning, unclear signage and temporary construction areas also contribute to collisions.
To prevent wrong-way access, highway departments post prominent wrong-way signs on exit ramps, and some states have experimented with tire flattening spikes. Other states are experimenting with video diction systems and flashing lights to warn law enforcement an oncoming traffic that a wrong-way vehicle has entered a highway.
If you have been injured because of a wrong-way driver, please seek an experienced Phoenix auto accident lawyer who can help protect your rights.
Not only should you stay aware and alert while driving especially when entering onto freeways, but you should always stay cautious of other drivers around you as well. Staying safe and alert are by far the two highest priorities to take into account while you are in a vehicle.