New Highway Safety Program Aims to Reduce Number of Wrong-Way Car Accidents in Sacramento

California motorists face a growing number of safety threats while driving on state roads and highways. Between drivers that are intoxicated, distracted, or simply speeding, one safety hazard that often goes unmentioned is the risk of being involved in an accident caused by a motorist that is driving in the wrong direction. Now, a new program commissioned by the California Department of Transportation will aim to put a stop to drivers that enter freeway off-ramps heading in the wrong direction.

This new program, which will launch early next year, will examine 18 freeway off-ramps in Sacramento and Yolo Counties to see how the safety measures on these ramps could be improved. Wrong-way drivers are a very serious safety hazard on roads and highways in the Sacramento area, and these accidents cause serious and even fatal injuries to California motorists every year.

This program will focus on specific areas along I-80, Highway 50 and I-5, and explore new signs, lights, and other measures that will hopefully make our highways safer for all motorists.

Wrong-way accidents are a serious threat to driver safety in the Sacramento area, as well as throughout California. Here are some statistics about how serious this problem has become:

• Studies conducted by the California Department of Transportation have shown that accidents caused by wrong-way driving on highways are more likely to result in serious or fatal injuries than other types of car accidents.
• In the Sacramento area in 2015, there were 14 driver fatalities caused by wrong-way drivers.
• Wrong-way drivers cause an average of 23 fatalities every year throughout California.
• From 2001 through 2014, there were a total of 193 fatal collisions caused by a wrong way driver, and another 685 wrong-way accidents that caused injuries.

When drivers do not pay close attention to their surroundings and fail to follow the normal flow of traffic, either because they were not paying attention or because they were intoxicated, it puts the safety of all other drivers at risk.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car accident caused by a negligent or reckless driver, call Del Rio & Carichoff right away. When you call, you will speak to an experienced Sacramento Car Accident lawyer absolutely FREE. Our dedicated legal team will review every detail of your accident and fight hard to make sure your rights are protected.

At Del Rio & Carichoff, you will never pay an attorney's fee up front. We take call cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing unless we recover for you. At Del Rio & Carichoff, we don't get paid until you do.

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