A wrong way driver was in the news almost weekly last year. Although the news of wrong way drivers may not make the news as much, they still occur and put many drivers at risk for serious injuries after a car accident.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that that a wrong way driver faces a charge of DUI after the Florida Highway Patrol said he was driving the wrong way on Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg early this morning. According to the article, a 26-year=old Seminole man driving the wrong way on I-275 and was eventually pulled over near Roosevelt Boulevard. This wrong way driver was driving northbound in the southbound lanes at the 5th Avenue North exit around 4 a.m. In addition to the DUI charge, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance. The article states that the wrong way driver has previous arrests on charges including DUI, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, resisting an officer without violence, battery and criminal mischief.
If this wrong way driver caused a car accident, I suspect that there would be no bodily injury liability coverage. As a result, those he injured in the collision would be left without recourse to pay for their medical bills and lost wages. This is why uninsured motorist coverage is so important on your automobile insurance policy. This coverage will protect you and your family if you or they are injured in a car accident caused by an uninsured (or underinsured) driver. Check your automobile insurance policy today to make sure you and your family are protected with uninsured motorist coverage.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t.
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