In many cases, wrong-way accidents are nearly impossible for the right-way driver to avoid. Say that you’re heading down the interstate at night when an intoxicated driver suddenly comes around the corner on the wrong side of the road. You have very little time to react to a situation you never anticipated.
That’s why it’s important to know what to do in advance, though, so that you can react instantly. Here are a few things you can try.
Start by moving to the right
First and foremost, remember that the wrong-way driver likely believes that your left lane is their right lane. That’s where they’re most likely to be, so you want to pull to your right to avoid them. This is also why it’s a good idea to only use the left lane for passing, not driving.
Do not attempt to stop them
You may feel like someone needs to stop them quickly, and that’s true, but don’t put yourself in greater danger by trying to do it. Instead, attempt to get their attention with your lights and horn. That may work, but, if it doesn’t, then it’s time to call 911 while safely stopped on the shoulder. Tell the police exactly where you are and what’s happening so that they can work to clear the road and stop the driver.
You may still get injured
If you get hit by a wrong-way driver, the odds are high that you’ll be seriously injured. You absolutely need to know what legal options you have to seek proper compensation. This can help cover your lost wages, your medical bills and a lot more.