Though wrong-way driver accidents represent a small number of total traffic accidents, they are generally fatal. Furthermore, most of the wrong-way driver accidents that occur in central Ohio and nationwide are the result of a drunk driver.
According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio averaged six fatal wrong-way driver accidents each year in the last 10 years, 74 percent involved drunk drivers and almost half were head-on collisions.
Nationally, head-on collisions account for one in every 50 accidents reported in the country and are one of the most dangerous types of accidents. The injuries that result are often fatal or leave victims in critical condition.
If you have been injured or a loved one has died in a head-on collision, the auto accident attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy can help. Call today to find out what a personal injury lawyer from our firm can do for you.
A recent three-year analysis of wrong-way driver accidents in Columbus between 2012 and 2014 revealed the days, times and locations that police received calls. It also provides valuable insight into ways to prevent these tragedies from occurring.
The study showed that the most dangerous time for this type of accident is between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. and most of the accidents in the Columbus area have occurred on the 670 on or off ramps on Convention Center Drive behind the Greater Columbus Convention Center and the 670 ramp at Neil Avenue. Other major ramps within Downtown Columbus are also frequently reported.
Sgt. Michael Smith with the Columbus Division of Police advises drivers who may encounter a wrong-way vehicle to stay on the right side of the road. He says often wrong-way drivers will hug the center concrete barrier on a freeway as a guide at night, and more importantly, from the perspective of a wrong-way driver, the left side of the road is correct.
Wrong-way drivers and head-on collisions are some of the most heart-breaking types of accidents that we encounter. We sympathize with the victims of these cases and suggest you contact a head-on collision lawyer immediately to discuss your rights.
With years of experience representing injured clients in Ohio, the attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy are dedicated to making sure you receive the full compensation you deserve.