A sedan driven by a suspected drunk driver hit a motorcyclist head-on around 1 am this morning.
The accident occurred along the divided six-lane Robert B Collum Boulevard just north of the DART railway tracks near Fair Park. A white sedan started driving south in the northbound lanes around 1 am. A motorcyclist heading north was rounding the road’s curve and slammed into the sedan head on. Injured, the motorcyclist was rushed to the hospital via ambulance. The driver of the sedan failed a field sobriety test, and was arrested by investigating officers.
Alcohol often plays a major role in head-on collisions. Back in July, the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) lowered “Do Not Enter” signs on the Dallas North Tollway in an attempt to deter impaired drivers from entering exit ramps. Citing research that says drunk drivers have a lower field of vision that focuses on the road itself (and often miss signs posted higher up), NTTA said that lowering the signs should help them become more noticeable to impaired motorists.
If alcohol was indeed a factor in this morning’s car accident, it’s likely the driver of the sedan was so focused on staying in his lane that he completely missed the fact he was driving the wrong-way down a northbound road.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured motorcyclist. Hopefully he makes a full recovery.
From accident attorney Jeff Rasansky and his team at Rasansky Law: drive safely, Dallas.