A recent Lafayette head-on car wreck involving a drunk driver raises the question: How often are drunk drivers responsible for head-on crashes? KATC-TV featured a report on the head-on car accident. Reportedly, the crash happened on Interstate 10 and claimed the life of a 24-year-old Florida woman. The accident happened around 4 am on a section of I-10 known as the Atchafalaya Freeway near the Whiskey Bay exit. There are no shoulders along this section of I-10.
The 24-year-old Florida woman was driving a Toyota westbound on the highway leading up to the deadly wreck. The alleged drunk driver was traveling east in the westbound lane prior to colliding head-on with the Toyota. Following the wreck, the 24-year-old woman was taken to a hospital in Lafayette, where she later died.
For the alleged drunk driver, if convicted, this would be his fourth DWI. In addition to the DWI, the 28-year-old New Iberia resident is facing charges for reckless operation of a vehicle, disabling an ignition interlock device, vehicular negligent injury and driving the wrong way on a one-way highway.
Head-On Car Accident Causes
According to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) data, head-on car accidents are more likely to lead to death or serious injuries than other types of car accidents. The NTSB statistics also revealed that drivers who most often cause head-on wrecks include elderly drivers, drugged drivers and drunk drivers who mistakenly drive the wrong direction.
Galloway Jefcoat, LLP is a Lafayette personal injury law firm has been fighting for the rights of the victims of drunk driving accidents and their families for years, including recovering several favorable verdicts and settlements for clients.