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Hurt During a Wrong Way Crash in Dallas? You Are Not Alone

Hurt During a Wrong Way Crash in DallasAs you can imagine, wrong way accidents—especially on the freeways of Dallas—most often end in serious injuries and deaths.

When a driver enters the highway the wrong way, they often crash head on with vehicles moving at a high rate of speed. Too often, the wrong-way driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and the people in the other vehicles are the ones injured and killed.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in 2011, 329 wrong-way crashes occurred in Texas. 79 of these accidents happened right here in North Texas; half of them in Dallas County.

What Can Be Done?

Because of two recent wrong-way accidents—one in Fort Worth and one in Irving—TxDOT has announced that it will begin a study to determine what further safety measures can be taken to prevent these accidents.  The study, slated to begin in September, will determine the most effective ways to prevent drivers from entering divided highways the wrong way.

One common factor in these accidents is impaired drivers. Drunk drivers are responsible for approximately 75 percent of wrong-way accidents in Texas.

As a Dallas car accident lawyer, and it does not surprise me to hear that most of these serious accidents were caused by drunk drivers. Hopefully the TxDOT program will be able to find ways to prevent many of these accidents. However, it is clear that stopping drunk drivers will be key to preventing a wrong-way accident in Dallas.

If you have been hurt due to a wrong way accident with a drunk driver in Dallas, call a personal injury lawyer with the experience and passion to fight for your rights and get you the compensation you need to move on with your life. Do not wait; call 972-774-9800 today.