On Tuesday, July 23, 2013, a wrong-way driver caused an accident involving five vehicles on the Tappan Zee Bridge. As a result, one woman died at the scene while four others were injured. The accident occurred around 8 PM when the driver, a 69 year-old man from New York, was driving in the wrong direction.
The man was driving an SUV in northbound lanes when he slammed head-on into a Nissan. The Nissan rolled over multiple times and came to a stop in the middle lane. Unfortunately, one of the passengers in the Nissan died. The woman was a 56 year-old female from Hillcrest, New York. Other vehicles were unable to stop in time and either hit the SUV or the second vehicle. Of the reported injuries were neck pain, back pain, and shock.
Due to the accident, traffic was backed up for hours as police were trying to investigate the scene. All lanes opened after six hours. The cause of the accident is still being determined.
A common occurrence today is wrong-way collisions. Unfortunately, many drivers drive the wrong way on freeways. For instance, a driver may head south on northbound lanes or east on westbound lanes. Because of the high speeds vehicles are traveling at, two vehicles traveling at 60 MPH may feel like 120 MPH when meeting upon impact. The impact is so strong many drivers and passengers die upon impact.
Why do people drive on the wrong way? Often times, people get lost or confused and enter the freeway through the exit. This commonly occurs to people who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It may also occur for a split second if someone fails to pay attention and their vehicle begins to drift across the median line and into opposite traffic.
Personal Injury Attorney
If you or someone you know were injured in a wrong-way collision, you should consult with a personal injury attorney immediately. A personal injury attorney will work to earn you monetary compensation for your pain and suffering.