Two people were injured in a wrong-way accident in New York on Jan 1. The two-car collision occurred in Irondequoit when a 32-year-old man in a white car was traveling in the wrong direction along northbound 590. Shortly before 6 a.m., the wrong-way driver struck a black car that was being operated by a 27-year-old driver.
Police say that they received a call about the errant driver shortly before the accident, but they weren't able to get to the scene fast enough to prevent the car crash. A third motorist informed police that the man was going the wrong way on northbound 590 near State Route 104. Police do not know why the driver was going the wrong way, and they are awaiting the results of a blood test. The driver was charged for several traffic violations as well as driving while intoxicated and vehicular assault in the second degree.
When firefighters arrived at the scene of the accident, both of the drivers were trapped in their vehicles with leg injuries. The 27-year-old driver also had internal injuries. Both of the drivers are expected to recover from their injuries.
Many motorists who cause accidents after driving on the incorrect side of the road are later found to have been influenced by drugs or alcohol. Other wrong-way drivers may have been distracted or exhausted before causing an accident. A person who was injured by a wrong-way driver may be able to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit filed against the driver or the driver's insurance provider.
Source: WHAM, "2 injured in wrong-way crash on 590," Jan. 1, 2016