A small number of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk road traffic accidents are caused by drivers who inadvertently drive the wrong way down a one-way street. When it happens, it can cause serious accidents that result in significant injury.
Park up safely, stop, and abandon your car
Driving the wrong way down a one-way street is a frightening experience, both for the perpetrator of the mistake and for any other road user, who is driving the right way, and comes across an incident. If it ever does happen to you, and you find yourself in a busy thoroughfare, your best and safest course of action is to park up as safely as you can, abandon your car, and phone the police. Even if you pick up a fine and some penalty points on your license, it is far better than causing an accident which might result in injuries to you, any passengers you happen to be carrying, and any other road users or pedestrians.
It’s often a drunk driver who is to blame
Unfortunately, a lot of the time this type of mistake is made by a drunk driver, who is so befuddled that he/she doesn’t even realise what he/she is doing until it’s too late and an accident has taken place. It’s the sort of incident that typically takes place later at night, when the pubs are emptying.
Man drives 7.5 miles the wrong way down the A1(M)
It’s one thing unwittingly turning the wrong way into a no entry street, but incredibly people sometimes drive the wrong way down a motorway. Recently (7th August 2014), a 26-year-old man was arrested by police after driving 7.5 miles the wrong way on the southbound carriageway of A1(M). The car had entered the motorway at junction 7 near Stevenage. It resulted in a collision between the perpetrator and a police car. The incident took place at 1:42 in the morning. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Pensioner drives mobility scooter the wrong way down the M1
In another somewhat bizarre incident, an 85-year-old pensioner was apprehended by police on the 1st August 2014 when he drove the wrong way on the hard shoulder of the M1 in South Yorkshire. The man, driving his mobility scooter, had entered the motorway at Junction 32 just outside Rotherham. Luckily, no one was injured.
Use AAH to obtain injury compensation for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk road traffic accidents
If you’re one of the people who has been injured in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk road traffic accidents caused by someone driving the wrong way on a one-way thoroughfare, you can employ the services of us here at Accident Advice Helpline to assist you in obtaining compensation. You’ll benefit from:
- A no win, no fee* service recommended by Esther Rantzen;
- Use of our 30-second online compensation calculator;
- Unrivalled customer support; and
- Free 24/7 helpline – 0800 689 0500 from landlines, 0333 500 0993 from mobile phones.