Head-on collisions are some of the most devastating. A case in point is an accident that occurred this morning when a 38-year-old Kirkland woman was killed in a head-on collision when she drove the wrong way –
eastbound in the westbound lanes – on Highway 522 near Bothell.
According to KOMO News.com, the car accident occurred around 6am near Interstate 405. Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident but they don’t believe alcohol or drugs were a factor.
The other driver involved in the accident was injured and taken to the hospital.
Authorities will investigate the accident and try to determine what was the cause.
Roadway Design Can be a Factor in Wrong Way Collisions
Knowing this section of road, it is possible that the driveway was confused while driving on Campus Drive and accidentally entering the West Bound 405 off ramp.
Roadway design defects are sometimes factors in auto accidents. Insufficient signs, misleading signage, shoulder drop-offs, construction hazards, insufficient lighting and confusing highway design can all be factors in highway accidents.
It is the responsibility of transportation officials to both maintain roads and provide proper signage to alert drivers to roadway conditions and irregularities. Signs should:
- Indicate merging traffic
- Indicate wrong way direction
- Warn motorists of construction zones
- Warn motorists of one way streets
Wrong way accidents can be a result of driver error
Some wrong way accidents are as a result of driver error including intoxication, fatigue, illegal u-turns, distraction, confusion and suicide.
Contact Washington Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to a roadway design defect or due to the negligence of another driver, you should consult a personal injury attorney to help you protect your rights in pursuing a negligence claim. Contact The Farber Law Group for a free and confidential case evaluation.
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