Nothing can be scarier than seeing a vehicle driving the wrong way coming straight at you. That’s exactly what happened on Monday, August 22 when a pick-up truck headed the wrong on U.S. 34 hit a sedan head on killing two people.
There are several reasons vehicles can get headed the wrong way down thoroughfares, but most of the time it seems it’s all for the wrong reasons.
Details and Allegation Concerning the Fatal Car Accident on U.S. 34
The following details and allegations surround the fatal car/truck accident on U.S. 34 were collected from police documents and new reports:1
- The crash occurred about 10:08 p.m. on U.S. 34 near the entrance to Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital in the 7000 block of East Eisenhower Boulevard.
- A 44-year-old Greeley man driving a 2014 Toyota Tacoma was headed the wrong way (eastbound) in the westbound lane of U.S. 34 when the pickup hit a 2006 Kia Rio driven by a 21-year-old Broomfield woman in the passing lane, according to Loveland Police Chief Bob Ticer.
- There weren’t any passengers in either of the vehicles.
- Police are withholding the names of the victims pending notification of family.
- Police claim that speed, alcohol, and or drugs appear to have contributed to the crash.
- Just prior to the crash, Police say their dispatch received numerous calls indicating that vehicle was headed in the wrong direction on U.S. 34.
- Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The Dangers of Wrong-Way Driving – The Facts and Stats
Collisions involving vehicles traveling in the opposite direction at high rates of speed is one of the deadliest forms of crashes, according to a special report by the National Transportation Safety Board. The following facts and information were gathered from the NTSB’s Highway Special Investigation Report:
- Wrong-way collisions are pretty rare and account for only about 3 percent of accidents reported on divided highways.
- That fatality rate for wrong-way accidents on controlled-access highways occurs 27 times more often than any other type of accident, according to a study conducted in Virginia.
- 22 percent of wrong-way crashes involved fatalities, according to a Michigan study.
- On average, there are 360 lives lost each year in approximately 260 wrong-way accidents, according to the NTSB.
- A substantial number or wrong-way drivers are impaired, according to the NTSB.
Contact a Littleton Car Accident Lawyer at Bahr, Kreidle & Flicker
Have you been injured in an accident involving a vehicle driving the wrong-way? If so, contact a Littleton Car Accident Lawyer at Bahr, Kreidle & Flicker. Since 1983, our car accident attorneys have been aggressively fighting on behalf of injured people who demand justice and seek compensation for their damages.
Our lawyers know how serious and devastating the impacts of a car accident injury can be, and we know that many injured people depend on settlements or awards from the court to get the medical treatments they deserve. That’s why we are committed to advocating injured people’s rights as well as working to maximize their financial recoveries.
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1“2 die in head-on crash east of Loveland” published in the Reporter Herald, August 2016.