Combatting Wrong-Way Drivers
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Feb 16, 2017 in Auto Accidents
Wrong-way driving collisions account for only one percent of auto accidents in the U.S., but they are extremely dangerous and often fatal.
Five wrong-way crashes occurred in the greater Sacramento area from January to May 2015, resulting in the deaths of 16 people, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
In response to the serious threat wrong-way drivers pose to California’s roadways, California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Caltrans have created a pilot program designed to prevent future incidences of wrong-way driving from happening. CHP and Caltrans will focus the pilot program along Interstate 5, U.S. Route 50 and Interstate 80 in Sacramento and Yolo Counties.
The pilot program will attempt to combat wrong-way driving by utilizing:
- Two-way, red and clear reflective pavement markers that turn red when a driver is traveling the wrong way
- Enhanced wrong-way traffic signs with flashing lights and active monitoring systems that use dual radar to detect wrong-way drivers
The new monitoring system will immediately alert CHP and Caltrans of wrong-way drivers and take photographs of the vehicle for the agencies to use.
California isn't alone with its efforts to combat wrong-way drivers. Japan developed a successful awareness program that detects more than 90 percent of wrong-way drivers by using GPS devices to alert the driver through visual and audio messages. The Florida Department of Transportation is currently testing raised LED pavement as markers to alert drivers who are traveling the wrong way on an interstate or highway in an effort to prevent wrong-way collisions.
Accidents caused by wrong-way drivers can result in serious injuries and devastating fatalities for those involved. These accidents are completely avoidable, and efforts like the CHP’s and Caltrans’ pilot program will help prevent future instances of wrong-way driving from happening.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a neglectful wrong-way driver, you may be entitled to compensation for any medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering that resulted from the crash. The Arnold Law Firm’s Sacramento car accident attorneys can help you file a claim that will hold the driver responsible and enable you to pursue the maximum compensation you deserve.