AAA sounds the alarm as wrong-way crash fatalities rise

The number of Americans dying in wrong-way traffic accidents has been creeping up in recent years, totaling approximately 500 fatalities per year between 2015 and 2018, a new AAA study says. That’s a 34% increase compared to the average of the five years prior, the advocacy group warns, and a trend that it expects to continue if nothing is done about it. AAA found three significant factors in common with cases of fatal wrong-way driving crashes vs. “right-way” crashes: alcohol impairment, older age, and driving without a passenger. The first two should be familiar to anybody with even a passing familiarity with crash statistics, as they are often cited as contributing factors…