Caltrans Launches Wrong-Way Crash Program
Caltrans Launches Wrong-Way Crash Program

Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are testing a program to help reduce wrong-way crashes. The program is currently being tested in Sacramento and Yolo County on I-5, US 50 and I-80.

The pilot program includes wrong-way signs with blinking lights and two-way reflective pavement markers. The clear markers turn red when a vehicle enters the roadway the wrong way. A monitoring system also detects wrong-way drivers by radar and activates the flashing lights on the signs. The system also alerts Caltrans and the CHP when it detects wrong-way drivers.

Wrong-Way Crashes are Rare but Often Fatal

Only about 1% of auto accidents are wrong-way crashes, according to the Department of Transportation. However, these crashes are more likely to result in in fatalities and serious injuries. The fatality rate in wrong-way collisions is between 12 and 27 times higher than it is in other types of accidents. A wrong-way crash is most likely to occur between midnight and 3 a.m., and on the weekend. Alcohol is often a factor in this type of crash as well.

“We hope to see a reduction in fatalities and injuries through this pilot program,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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