Are Drunk Drivers More Likely to Cause Wrong-Way Car Accidents?

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 12:00pm by

Photo of vehicle accidentWrong-way car accidents are one of the most preventable types of traffic accidents. Yet, crashes where two vehicles collide head-on into one another continue to happen. Why? A recent head-on car wreck in Cape May County happened due to one of the most common causes of wrong-way car accidents, which is drunk driving.

According to, the incident in Cape May County involved three vehicles and was set in motion when the driver of one of the cars involved veered into oncoming traffic and hit the other two vehicles. Per the report, the driver of the vehicle that veered into oncoming traffic was charged with reckless driving and DUI following the three-car accident.

Types of Drivers Who Cause Wrong-Way Car Accidents

Drivers who cause wrong-way accidents usually fall into one of the following categories:

  • Elderly drivers – In many cases, elderly drivers can become confused while driving and mistakenly drive the wrong direction on a one-way street or enter the highway heading the incorrect direction. In addition, older drivers can sometimes begin to have failing eyesight that impacts their ability to realize they are driving in the wrong direction until it is too late.
  • Drunk or drugged drivers – Drinking alcohol or consuming over-the-counter, prescription or illegal drugs before operating a car or truck is a recipe for disaster. Often, in such a state, drivers are not able to think clearly, make reasonable decisions and have slow reaction times. This can lead to drugged or drunk drivers crossing a road’s centerline into oncoming traffic or entering the highway headed the wrong way without realizing it.
  • Drowsy drivers – Getting behind the wheel without enough rest can prove to be as dangerous as drinking and driving or drugged driving. If a driver falls asleep while driving, he or she can easily cross the centerline on a road and cause a head-on collision.

The Atlantic City personal injury attorneys at our New Jersey law firm have been successfully fighting for the rights of victims of drunk driving, distracted driving and drowsy driving accidents for years, including securing several multimillion dollar recoveries for clients.

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