Wrong way driving seems to be a phenomenon that is unfortunately too common in the Tampa Bay area. In 2014, there were at least four incidents of drivers caught driving the wrong way on some of the area's thoroughfares, including I-275. In one extremely sad case, in September of 2014, three people were killed in a wrong way driving-related accident. But that was not the last of the incidents.
On April 12, 2015, two separate individuals were stopped by the Florida Highway Patrol for driving the wrong way on I-275. One of the drivers was arrested for DUI. The second driver caused two other drivers to get into accidents trying to avoid his oncoming car.
While law enforcement officers certainly help avoid the potentially fatal consequences of wrong way driving by catching the offenders before anyone is injured, not all offenders are caught. In fact, one of our own attorneys witnessed a wrong way driver driving down the incorrect side of US-41 just this past weekend. Fortunately, no one was injured, but the driver seemed to get away without being caught by law enforcement.
These stories of wrong way drivers and their victims should serve as reminders to always pay attention on the roads, to be prepared to take safe, evasive action if you encounter a wrong way driver, and to never drive while intoxicated. Remember, if you or someone you know is involved in a wrong way driving-related crash, the attorneys at Thorpe & Thorpe, P.A. are here to help.