According to the Federal Highway Administration, 300 to 400 people die each year in wrong-way crashes across the country, which is about 1 percent of all vehicular fatalities.
A wrong-way crash “is normally head-on and hard to avoid,” said Lt. Brad Lann, who works in the Arkansas State Police’s Highway Patrol Administration and has investigated multiple wrong-way crashes. “One person going 70. The other going 70. When two cars hit head-on at that rate of speed, it’s a very strong impact and can be very fatal.”