50% of Wrong Way Accidents Are Caused by a Drunk Driver

man holding beer bottle and car keys in right hand | 50% of Wrong Way Accidents Are Caused by a Drunk DriverStudies show, that while rare, wrong way accidents are typically deadly, and over half of them are caused by impaired drivers.

Nellie Palmerie narrowly escaped being part of a three-car collision just south of Pueblo on I-25 back in December when a Ford Focus with no headlights approached her going the wrong way. As she glanced in her rear-view mirror, she saw the headlights of other vehicles veering to and fro in an attempt to avoid colliding with the car.

She promptly dialed 911, but not before the 28-year old driver from Manassa, Colorado injured five other people in a three-car accident. A family from Aurora, including an infant, and a man from Alaska were all sent to Pueblo hospitals for treatment of various injuries.

Troopers report the driver of the Ford Focus, who is suspected of alcohol impairment, sustained life-threatening injuries and was flown to a Colorado Springs hospital for treatment.

Earlier that same week, a 71-year old Washington man was traveling the wrong way down the north-bound lanes of I-25 when he collided with a Colorado Springs grandmother and her 9-year old grandson just north of the Purcell Boulevard exit in Pueblo County, killing then both.

A 2012 National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) study indicates wrong way accidents don’t happen very often, representing less than three percent of all deadly collisions recorded in the United States. However, because they typically result in a head-on collision, they can be catastrophic.

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The NTSB also determined drunk drivers are often to blame for wrong way accidents. Drive Smart Colorado’s Executive Director Maile Gray confirms that finding, stating that 60 to 70 percent of wrong way drivers are impaired.

Older drivers- 70-years old and above- are statistically shown to represent a large percent of wrong way drivers also.

More lights and directional signs could help reduce the occurrence of wrong way driving and accidents, according to the NTSB.

Gray maintains that these kinds of accidents are completely preventable and that there are too many impaired drivers in Colorado. She believes impairment and distractions are a huge factor in the number of wrong way accidents in the state. Colorado roadways saw the largest number of fatalities in over a decade in 2016. As of December 19, 526 deaths had been reported by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

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Fort Collins Car Accident Attorney Timms Fowler of the Fowler Law FirmIf you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident with a negligent driver, it is important to have an experienced and skilled Fort Collins car accident lawyer on your side. Contact the Fowler Law Firm today at (970) 232-3322 to find out how we can use our legal experience to help you recover maximum compensation.



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