Posted on February 26, 2018
In Chester County, Pennsylvania, two people were killed in a head-on crash yesterday. Melvin Baskerville and Monique Pierre lost their lives when Baskerville, a 62-year-old, transferred into the wrong lane and crashed into 32-year-old Monique Pierre’s vehicle. The impact of the collision was enough to send Baskerville and his car onto the shoulder while Pierre’s vehicle flipped over onto its side, trapping her. Both succumbed to their injuries following the accident.
As in the case of Melvin Baskerville and Monique Pierre, wrong-way accidents happen more often than we would like to imagine. In fact, these accidents cause about 400 fatalities in the U.S. every single year, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). These accidents encompass any action that causes a driver to drive in the opposite direction of travel on the roadways. They are one of the most common types of accidents to end in a fatality, as seen yesterday in Chester County. This is because driving on the wrong side of the road tends to cause head-on collisions, resulting in the most severe injuries or death in many cases.
Many of the reasons why drivers drive on the wrong side of the road are due to outside forces like driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, poorly marked ramps, lack of signs or visibility, drowsy driving, or suffering from mental health problems. The leading cause is driving under the influence, causing about 75% of these accidents. Some ways that these accidents can be reduced is by staying alert and driving without distractions or driving in the right lane to be furthest from the accident as possible.
Have you been injured in an accident due to a driver driving in the wrong lane? These accidents are more common than you may have imagined, and we want to help you protect your rights. Call us today at Edelstein Martin & Nelson for more information at 888-208-1810.