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Auto Accidents

According to authorities in Beaumont, Texas, a 26-year-old woman entered the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 at the Doty Road exit headed the wrong way. The collision occurred early Thursday morning around 3:15 a.m. in Orange County. The Texas Department of Public Safety report states the woman was driving a 2021 Toyota SUV eastbound along the Interstate 10 access road when she entered the westbound lanes of the Doty Road exit headed the wrong direction. Her Toyota SUV struck the left side of a 2019 Kenworth 18-wheeler pulling a double-trailer headed west along the interstate. Both motorists received treatment for their injuries at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Investigation at this time remains ongoing.

Texas Leads the Country in “Wrong-Way” Crash Fatalities

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety ran data analysis on wrong-way crashes in the U. S. According to the report, there were 2,008 deaths from wrong-way driving crashes on divided highways between 2015 and 2018. That’s an average of approximately 500 deaths a year. What’s more, that’s up 34 percent from the 375 deaths annually between 2010 to 2014.

But things get worse – In Texas, the average number of wrong-way crash fatalities is up 29 percent to 77 fatalities per year between 2015 to 2018 compared to an average of 60 between 2010 to 2014. Texas also has the highest number of total wrong-way crash fatalities of any state, totaling 309 from 2015 to 2018.

What Is a Wrong-Way Crash?

The Federal Highway Administration defines a wrong-way crash as one in which a vehicle traveling in a direction opposing the legal flow of traffic on a high-speed divided highway or access ramp collides with a vehicle traveling on the same roadway in the proper direction.

Wrong-way crashes can be even more devastating than other types of vehicular accidents because they involve head-on collisions.

Factors that Lead to Fatal Wrong-Way Crashes

Based on the research conducted and analyzed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a strong profile emerged for the driver: the driver was usually alone, driving at night, and impaired from the influence of alcohol. In some cases, age was also a factor.

  • Drunk Driving. Overwhelmingly, the single most significant factor leading to fatal wrong-way crashes was alcohol impairment.
  • Age. Older adults are statistically more likely to be involved in a fatal wrong-way crash. Data shows that drivers over the age of 70 years are more at risk of wrong-way driving, and are overrepresented in fatality numbers.
  • Driving Without a Passenger. Somewhat surprisingly, almost 87 percent of wrong-way mntorists were alone. This may be primarily due to the fact that a passenger can alert the driver if they make a mistake.

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