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Deadly Wrong Way Accidents in Kansas City: Why Do They Happen?

Injured by a wrong way driver?

Missouri wrong way accidents are more common than you might think. Nationwide, about 350 deaths a year are attributed to crashes caused by wrong way drivers. On May 15, a St. Louis, Missouri man was killed when he was struck by a wrong way driver on I-55 in Mehlville.  
Two were injured in another Missouri wrong way crash on April 18. In March a wrong way driver caused a three car pile-up in St. Louis County.  Why do wrong way accidents occur?
There are five main reasons for Missouri wrong way crashes.
1.  Drunk drivers. A driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be unable or unwilling to follow signs or obey traffic laws.  Drunk drivers often speed down a highway in the wrong direction with no concern for their own safety or the safety of others.
2. Distracted drivers.  Drivers who are distracted a phone call or text message may not notice a "one way" or "do not enter sign".

3. Confused drivers. Elderly drivers, drivers who are sick, or drivers who are unfamiliar with an area may accidentally drive down an exit ramp or become confused about direction while driving.

4. Inadequate warning signs.  When signs are confusing or when exits are poorly marked, bewildered drivers may not be able to tell on-ramps from off-ramps.
5. Poor road design.  Some highways are just confusing; off-ramps can look like on-ramps and on-ramps may look like off-ramps.  If there are no clear signs, drivers can easily get misdirected.  It is not a coincidence when multiple wrong way crashes occur on the same highway.
Wrong way accidents are most likely to occur at night or in low visibility conditions when it is difficult to navigate.
If you see a wrong way driver, try to pull over if necessary to get out of his way.  Call 911 immediately and report the incident. Don't worry about getting the license plate number; just give the police your location and a description of car.
If you have been injured in a Missouri wrong way car crash, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.  A Kansas City car accident attorney can provide more information. Contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616 to schedule a free consultation with a Kansas City car accident attorney.
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James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.

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