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Family of five killed on interstate by car heading the wrong way

Earlier this month, a Kentucky family of five was killed on Interstate 75. According to recent news reports, the accident was caused by a drunk driver who was heading south in the northbound lane. The driver’s car struck the family and the two cars started on fire, killing all six people.

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), around 350 wrong way accidents occur each year in the United States. Of those accidents, around 360 deaths occur. Tragically, the National Transportation Safety Board reports the fatality rate for wrong-way driving accidents is between 15-25 percent higher than other accidents and considered to be “the most dangerous” type of car accident.

What should you do if you see a car coming at you?

There are several reasons for wrong-way accidents, but they mostly result from driving mistakes. Commonly, drivers are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or are distracted while driving. Wrong-way driving accidents can also occur from poorly marked signs and ramps, poorly placed signs and low visibility. Many wrong-way drivers also have mental health issues and can be suicidal.

If you spot a driver heading the wrong way on the road, consider the following ways to protect yourself from an accident:

  • Stay calm
  • Reduce your speed, do not slam on your brakes
  • Try to pull over to the right shoulder, do not swerve between lanes
  • Honk, flash hazards and lights
  • Call the police once the driver has passed you

Car accidents can be devastating, especially if they involve a car driving the wrong way. If you or someone you love sustains injuries in a wrong-way driving accident or any other car accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options and get the compensation you deserve.

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