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Wrong Way Driving: A recipe for Disaster

The recent tragic crash in Garden City, New York, where a wrong way driver caused the deaths of 8 people caused me to do a national “mini investigation” into wrong-way driving for the month of August (although I have included one for July 31). Here they are:

July 31, 2009, Dallas Texas: Wrong-way collision on I-20 in the westbound lanes along a divided highway near Polk Street in the Red Bird area. Alcohol consumption is a possible factor. Three people reported killed.

August 2009, Tuscon, AZ: Wrong-way crash on I-10 killed 17-year-old driver.

August 2009: Brownsville, Texas: On Highway 71, a southbound driver in the northbound lanes caused injury to 10 people injured.

August 2009: Stratford, South Carolina: South Carolina man drove the wrong-way on I-95 narrowly escaping a head-on collision with a semi-truck. Alcohol suspected.

August 3, 2009: Providence, Rhode Island: 50-year-old male wrong-way driver on I-95 caused three crashes; police allege alcohol was involved. Two people were hospitalized.

August 3, 2009: Chicago, Illinois: Wrong-way collision on 1-55 (Stevenson Expressway) south of downtown, in the northbound lanes, near Halsted Street in the Bridgeport neighborhood. A 2003 Audi, going the wrong way, struck a 1993 Toyota head-on, killing a 38-year-old female passenger in the Toyota.

August 4, 2009: Libertyville, IL: Two-car crash caused by wrong-way driver on Route 176. Driver charged with with improper lane usage, driving in the wrong lane, driving on a suspended license and no insurance.

August 5, 2009: Louisville, KY: I-65 south of Outer Loop. Wrong way driver heading south in the northbound lanes, speeding, “running 90 or better.” No one reported killed
August 5, 2009: Fremont, California: Wrong-way driver on I-880 trying to avoid arrest; he did so, successfully, driving southbound in the northbound lanes.

August 7, 2009: Colorado Springs, Colorado: Head-on collision in the eastbound lanes of westbound U.S. 24. Man drove wrong way and was arrested for DUI.

August 9, 2009: Tarrytown, NY: Elderly woman drove wrong-way entering off-ramp at Exit 9, driving north in the southbound lanes of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Reports suggest that she also drove the wrong way through the tolls! Reverse the charges?

August 9, 2009: Charlotte, North Carolina: Wrong-way collision on 1-85. Young wrong-way driver later charged with DWI.

August 9, 2009: Fountain Valley, Orange County, California: Wrong-way collision caused by drunk driver trying to elude police.

August 9, 2009: Southfield, Michigan (my neck of the woods- Suburb just north of Detroit): Drunk driver drove westbound in the eastbound lanes of Eight Mile Road (made famous by the Eminem movie of the same name). No collision; police able to stop and arrest the driver before any damage was done.

August 10, 2009: Wappinger, New York: Four injured in three car head-on collision on Route 9. Wrong way driver lost consciousness and drifted across the divider. More of a “cross the center-line” accident than a “wrong-way driving”. No report of drinking.

August 10, 2009: Hanover Township, Pennsylvania: 23 year old motorcyclist died when teenage driver drove west in the eastbound lanes of Route 30. Improper passing (and, perhaps, youthful inexperience) was the cause of the tragedy.

August 11, 2009: Barnes County, North Dakota: Wrong-way crash on 1-94. Elderly man drove westbound in the eastbound lanes of travel, striking female driver. “Confusion” was alleged as the cause.

August 12, 2009: Little Chute, Wisconsin: Middle aged man was driving south in the northbound lanes of 441 crashed into two northbound vehicles. No reported of fatalities; driver cited for driving under the influence of drugs.

August 13, 2009: Marlborough, Massachusetts: Police chase stolen truck resulting in truck driving wrong-way on I-495.

August 14, 2009: Toledo, Ohio: Wrong-way collision on I-280. Diabetic condition apparently caused confusion, similar to alcohol intoxication for elderly female driver. No deaths or life threatening injuries reported.

August 14, 2009: Greenville County, SC: 88-year-old driving Ford Ranger north on I-385 south struck oncoming Chevy Tahoe, head-on. Injuries, but no deaths, reported.

August 15, 2009: Queen Creek, Arizona: Wrong-way driver struck bicyclist at Ocotillo Road near 228th Street. Driver of at-fault vehicle driving westbound in the eastbound lanes. Alcohol a factor?

August 17, 2009: Garrett, Indiana: Wrong-way driver lost control of vehicle, drove south in the northbound lanes of I-69, crossed the median and struck a pole. Again, more of a “cross the center line” type of accident than a “wrong-way” collision.

August 17, 2009: Denver, Colorado: Wrong-way vehicle going opposite way on one-way street struck a moped driver. Police seeking information on female driver and female passenger. Call Crime Stoppers, anonymously at 720-913-STOP (7867); you may be eligible for a cash reward.

August 17, 2009: Hazlet, New Jersey: Wrong-way collision on Garden State Parkway, northbound in southbound lanes, resulting in minor injuries.

August 18, 2009: Denver, Colorado: Wrong way driver killed in 10-car pileup on I-25.

I count 26 wrong-way auto accidents in late July, early August. Lawsuit Financial is concerned about the safety issues confronting all innocent drivers in these situations. If you or someone you love has been involved in a wrong-way auto accident, or suffered a serious injury in any other type of auto accident or other injury related accident caused by the negligence of another, Lawsuit Financial can provide assistance two different ways:

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