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800 wrong-way accidents happen every year in Texas

No state has as many miles of roadway as Texas. That's not necessarily surprising, considering the size of the state, but it does mean that Texas is statistically more dangerous than some other states with fewer highways and fewer drivers.

For example, there are about 800 wrong-way car accidents every single year, a stat that has held true since around 2010. Sometimes this number spikes, like it did in 2014, when there were 989 wrong-way wrecks.

Investigators warn that these crashes are especially dangerous because they involve head-on collisions and high rates of speed. For example, a car may get on the interstate going the wrong direction, on the wrong side of the divided highway. If it strikes another car, they may both be driving toward each other at 70 mph or faster, making for a combined impact speed of at least 140 mph.

As such, fatalities are common. At one point in 2015, there had only been 621 of these crashes, but 51 people had been killed. Experts also note that even those who survive are more likely to have severe injuries.

So, why do these crashes happen? Reasons vary, but they do often take place near densely populated cities, like Houston, when drivers accidentally use interstate exit ramps as if they were entrance ramps. The main reason they do this is alcohol use, though distraction is a major cause, as well.

If you've been in a crash caused by a driver who was going the wrong way, you could be dealing with serious, life-altering injuries. You need to know what rights you have to compensation for life changes and long-term costs.

Source: My Interstate 35, "Helping Wrong-way Drivers See the Right Path," accessed Dec. 30, 2016

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