The Accountability Project found that there were 23 wrong-way car accident fatalities reported in Connecticut in 2022 – that is more than double the 11 deaths that occurred in 2018. Connecticut has seen a marked increase in wrong-way car accidents in recent years. Knowing how to drive defensively and recognizing the warning signs of a potential wrong-way accident can help to protect yourself and other drivers on the road. If you have been a victim of a wrong-way car accident in Connecticut, contact our law firm today to speak with a legal representative.
What to do if a car is going the wrong way? Stop immediately. Pull over to the side of the road and report the vehicle. Turn around when it is safe to do so.
Defensive driving is an important skill for any driver. Practicing safe and defensive driving can help reduce the risk of wrong-way accidents. When on the road, always follow posted speed limits and make sure to stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Make sure to use your turn signals when changing lanes or making a turn. Additionally, be mindful of other drivers and always drive with courtesy to other vehicles on the road.
Knowing the traffic laws and speed limits in Connecticut is key to reacting quickly to help avoid a wrong-way collision. Learn the basic traffic regulations and familiarize yourself with the speed limits on your routes. Look out for the directional arrows on roads that indicate which lanes are going in which direction, and be aware of any improperly placed warning signs that might suggest a car could be going the wrong way. Finally, if you do come across another vehicle driving against traffic, slow down, pull over to the side of the road, turn your headlights off, and call 911 immediately.
The wrong way detection system will pay special attention to spots where on-and off-ramps are located on the same side of the road, which can be confusing for drivers. Connecticut is rolling out warning systems at 16 areas of concerns. It installed the first in Danbury in January of 2020 and will expand this year.
The 360-degree cameras will detect vehicle motion and include large, red signs that will flash when the system is activated, alerting the driver if they are driving the wrong way.