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Officials worry over auto accidents caused by wrong-way drivers

Over the past several months, numerous Arizona travelers have been killed or injured due to wrong-way drivers. Recently, officials have taken steps to reduce the chances of these motorists causing horrific auto accidents. The most recent crash resulted in the deaths of five people.

Police were called to a section of Interstate 40 for reports of a fatal head-on collision. The crash was purportedly caused by an 82-year-old man who was driving in the wrong direction in the westbound lanes. His vehicle then collided head-on with another automobile.

Arizona police were unable to provide any information other than there were several victims who would not be identified until family members were notified. The elderly driver was transported to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries. It is unknown whether there were any victims who may have survived this terrifying accident.

Wrong-way drivers have caused several serious crashes in the past several months. Officials are attempting to increase the safety of the state's highways by installing cameras that will alert law enforcement of a wrong-way driver in the Phoenix area. In addition, new signage has been installed at on-ramps and overpasses to alert motorists to traffic flow. The state has also made it a felony offense for intoxicated and impaired drivers who are caught in a wrong-way violation.

Those who are seriously injured or have lost loved ones to auto accidents may never fully recover from the physical and emotional trauma. When these tragic wrecks are the result of a negligence, then the pain of the tragedy is compounded with the knowledge that the accident was preventable. These collisions often create a serious financial burden on the victims and their survivors. The pressure created by lost wages, medical bills and the cost of final expenses take a terrible toll on a family's financial resources. Depending on the situation, it may be possible to recoup these damages by means of a successful civil lawsuit.

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