Drunk driving is the most common reason for wrong-way collisions. Unfortunately, one individual’s reckless choice to drink and drive often leads to devastating effects for innocent individuals who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. According the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most wrong-driving accidents occur on the weekends or at night. This makes sense as most alcohol is consumed at this time and the lack of light may make it more difficult to realize where an individual is driving. To make things worse, drunk drivers often end up in the fast lane, believing they are in the slow lane. This means the car they are more likely to collide with is driving at a higher speed.
Other drugs. Sometimes, drivers on other drugs that have not been drinking can become disoriented and enter a highway the wrong way or become drowsy and drift into the traffic going the other way.
Elderly drivers suffering from dementia. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are devastating conditions that affect our elderly loved ones. Unfortunately, this can make them forget or mix-up familiar driving patterns. They also may forget what certain signs mean and thus can’t understand when indicators tell them they are driving the wrong way.
Suicidal drivers. This is probably the most rare cause of wrong-way driving, but an individual who decides to end his or her life may make the reckless and selfish decision to drive on the wrong side of the road, without regard to others who may be injured.