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What Causes Someone to Drive the Wrong-Way on a Street or Highway?


There are only a couple reasons why someone would drive the wrong-way on a street, highway, or interstate. These reasons include:

  • Poor road signs
  • Poor lighting
  • Lack of visibility
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs

While some wrong-way drivers may turn down a one-way street the wrong way by accident, other drivers enter highway off-ramps going the wrong way, driving normal speeds—or even high speeds—into oncoming traffic. The second type of driver is typically a drunk driver or a driver under the influence of drugs. 

When drivers drink alcohol or take drugs prior to getting behind the wheel, it can negatively affect their ability to drive because intoxication impairs their motor skills, affects the decisions they make, slows their reflexes, affects their judgment, reduces their ability to process information, and hinders their ability to concentrate. When all of these factors are combined, it can lead to a person driving in the wrong direction—causing an unsafe and very dangerous situation. Unfortunately, wrong-way drivers often cause fatal head-on crashes in Georgia and throughout the nation. 

Most wrong-way traffic accidents are alcohol-related. In fact, drunk wrong-way drivers cause thousands of deaths and injuries each year. 

If you were injured by a wrong-way driver, or if your loved one was killed by a drunk driver in Georgia, you may have rights to damages. Call a knowledgeable Atlanta drunk driving victim lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 today for a free consultation.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia