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What causes wrong way driving on the freeway?

As the largest city in Louisiana, New Orleans is home to many interstates and other major multi-lane highways. These larger highways are designed to move a high volume of traffic through the city safely by keeping traffic traveling in opposite directions clearly separated.

Unfortunately, however, these safety mechanisms sometimes fail. For instance, it is more common than one might think for a driver to get on the freeway from the wrong direction and start traveling at high speeds right into oncoming traffic. Sometimes, this is either intentional or just extremely reckless behavior on the part of a thrill seeker.

However, wrong way driving accidents also happen for other reasons. In some cases, heavy traffic or the low visibility associated with nightfall or even torrential downpours can cause an accident. In other cases, wrong way driving might involve a younger driver who does not have a lot of experience with traveling on a major freeway. On the other end of the spectrum, a driver who is older and may have some difficulties seeing or other physical limitations may wind up traveling the wrong way.

Sadly, though, a big factor in wrong way driving is drugs and alcohol. Someone who is drunk or otherwise under the influence is much more likely to fail to notice the many warning systems that are in place on the exits and entries to the interstate. They are also more likely to get turned around since their sense of direction will be diminished after a few drinks.

Wrong way driving is one of many ways a drunk driver can cause a serious or even deadly car accident. They should be held accountable through a civil claim for compensation.

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