Drivers in Seattle have had so much to contend with this week in Seattle due to severe weather and snow and ice on the roadways. Then, a suspected drunken driver drove the wrong way on Interstate 405 early this morning causing a head-on car accident.
An unidentified 24-year-old woman from Newcastle apparently headed north on the southbound lanes of Interstate 405 in her Subaru after getting onto the freeway at the 124th street ramp. One report said she drove several miles before colliding head-on with a Jeep reports the Seattle P-I.
The wrong-way driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries. The driver of the Jeep was taken to Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland.
Spate of Wrong Way Drivers in Seattle Area
This is the third wrong-way driving accident in the greater Seattle area in the past ten days:
- On January 11th when a 60-year-old retired schoolteacher drove her car 17 miles in the wrong direction on Interstate 5. The Washington State Patrol was able to stop the woman using spike strips before she caused an accident.
- On January 16,a wrong-way driver on I-5 in Tukwila hit a carload of teenagers sending one to Harborview and injury four others.
Causes of Wrong Way Driving
Most of the time when there is a wrong way car driver, the wrong-way driver is under the influence of alcohol and or drugs and misinterprets off ramps. Signage that says “Wrong Way” or “Do Not Enter” can help but if a person is so intoxicated, they often do not notice these warnings.
Another cause of wrong way drivers are elderly drivers who are confused or disoriented while driving and they make a mistake.
Some times, wrong way driving errors are caused when the local or state transportation agencies fail to provide proper signage.
Car Accident Injuries
Wrong way driving accidents often leave the injured with catastrophic injuries. The law of physics provides that the force of impact of two vehicles colliding at 50mph is the same as a one car running into a fixed object at 100mph. Often accident victims will suffer traumatic brain injuries, blunt force injuries and cuts and bruises. Often, victims are killed.
If you were seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunken driver, contact us. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years experience representing victims of drunken drivers and their families.
This information is provided as a service of Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.