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Old 01-25-2010, 09:34 AM   #1
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Horrible croatian highway

In last 2 years on croatia highways over 10 times people have entered in wrong direction and at least 8 of them crashed at oncoming car.
That happend again today.
Luckly I haven't experianced that and I hope I won't but it's like this:
(translated from croatian web page to english)
You are driving 80 mph and suddenly you see a car coming your way (what, I'm on highway you think) and you succeed to avoid the crash with him but you lose control over your car and crash at the fence.
unfortunatley that guy crashes into other car and few times people survived but most of them die in crash.
Pic form today's crash:


have something similar happend on US highways?


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Old 01-25-2010, 11:47 AM   #2
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^^ Unfortunately,that happens quite a bit here in the U.S. as well. Usually it occurs when someone is driving drunk,if a vehicle is being pursued by police or if someone just loses their bearings and end up taking a wrong turn.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:50 AM   #3
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Or the people that try to suicide and go down the wrong way

But usually its drunk or old confused people
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Turkey is the same way. There are tons of curvy mountain roads with a center two-way passing lane. Head-on collisions are common because people don't use their best judgment along those parts. Terrible road design, but what can you do... it just happens sometimes.

The US isn't much different. We have a high fatality rate mainly due to drunk drivers, overworked/fatigued drivers, or brats with expensive/fast cars bought by irresponsible parents. Take your pick.

Roads can be designed to be as safe as you want them to be, but no matter what people will find a way to die on 'em. It doesn't matter what country you're from. It's just a part of modern day life. Personally I just think of it as "if my time comes, it comes". I'd rather be in control of my car than to ride a super safe car from the future that controls itself all the time.
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It's a problem in many nations that have extensive high-speed highway/freeway/autobahn systems. The Germans refer to such wrong-way vehicle operators as "geisterfahrer" – "ghost drivers." I guess because they turn people into ghosts.
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