Police are investigating a tragic crash involving a wrong-way driver, which resulted in the death of two people. Police are investigating whether or not drugs or alcohol could have played a role in the accident.
Before the accident, police received multiple 911 calls about a wrong-way driver. Police believe he entered Highway 114 at MacArthur and drove the wrong way for 5 or 6 miles before the accident occurred. The driver finally hit a vehicle head-on. The drivers of both vehicles were killed.
A spokesperson with TxDOT said they are launching new initiatives to try to reduce wrong-way driving. Those initiatives include raised pavement markers on ramps, and arrows that will turn red if a driver enters the wrong way. The contract for the new pavement markers is expected to be awarded late this summer.
Head-on collisions such as this one can be more dangerous than any other type of automobile accident because of the extreme amount of energy involved when two vehicles make an impact. It’s common for accidents involving vehicles driving the wrong way to end up with one or more fatalities. Many accidents with drivers who were driving the wrong way involve drugs or alcohol, distracted drivers, roads that were not properly marked, or unfamiliarity with the roads.
Across the country measures are being taken to prevent wrong-way driving. Hopefully, more cities will choose to use these types of devices in an effort to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries from wrong-way driving. If you have been involved in an accident with a driver who was going the wrong way, call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. Our attorneys will provide you with a free consultation on your case. Call today to learn more.
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