Accidents involving wrong-way drivers account for just 0.35% of all road traffic accidents involving injury on motorways. However, 3.5% of road traffic fatalities on the country’s motorways.
The injuries suffered in an accident involving wrong-way drivers are on average 10 times worse that injuries sustained in other road traffic accident. Over the past decade 265 people were killed or injure in 123 accidents involving wrong-way drivers. There were 41 fatalities and 224 injuries during this period. One in three accidents involving a wrong way driver result in a fatalities. In one in five such accidents it is the wrong way driver that is killed.
In 36% of cases the wrong-way driver was under the influence of alcohol. This figure is 4 times higher than the 9% figure for road traffic accidents involving injury as a whole.
18% of wrong-way drivers involved in road traffic accidents is over 65. Pensioners make up just 4% of those involved in road traffic accidents where injury is sustained as a whole.
Two types of wrong-way driver
The traffic expert Willy Miermans told VRT News that in general terms there are two types of wrong-way driver. Those that do it on purpose and those that do it as a result of intoxication or forgetfulness.
However, other issues are at play. "In Flanders at lot of motorway junctions are quite complex. Some slip roads are just side streets. This makes it hard to choice the right one. In neighbouring countries the entrance and exit slip roads are much more visible between the other junk”, Mr Miermans told VRT News.