According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), about 400 people die in wrong-way accidents each year. While this is a relatively small percentage of the over 30,000 car accident fatalities that happen across the country each year, wrong-way accidents are notable for two reasons: they are almost always entirely preventable and they have a much higher-than-average rate of fatalities.
Across all collisions, the rate of fatalities is under one percent. For wrong-way collisions, that jumps to 22%. Being in a wrong-way accident in Hollywood or your community is more likely to lead to fatal or serious injury, in part because speeding is often a factor in these crashes. In many cases, these are drunk driving accidents and can be prevented.