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“Wrong-Way Driver” crashes are an ongoing traffic safety issue nationally as well as in the Chicago area.  These crashes are particularly troublesome as they often result in “head-on” collisions that cause serious accident injuries to all vehicle occupants.  In many instances these injuries result in fatalities.

On this site, many Illinois vehicle accidents causing injuries and fatalities have been summarized.  The summaries regarding drivers who are driving in the wrong direction and have caused accidents are found in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category.

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“Wrong-Way Driver” accidents continue to happen on Chicago-area expressways as well as those throughout Illinois.  These incidents are notable in many respects.  Drivers who drive in the wrong direction often pose a great threat to both themselves as well as other motorists.  Should the “wrong-way driver” collide with oncoming traffic, which is common, the accident injuries to all vehicle occupants are often serious in nature, and often are life-threatening.  One of the reasons that such injuries caused by the “wrong-way driver” are serious is that the “head-on collision” that often occurs are inherently highly physically traumatic to those involved.

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Wrong-Way Driver” incidents continue to happen on Chicago-area expressways, as well as throughout Illinois.  When a driver is traveling in the wrong direction accidents often occur, due in part because drivers who are traveling in the right direction are not expecting a car to be driving in the wrong direction.  Often, the crashes that result are “head-on collisions” which happen at highway speeds.  Such high-speed  “head-on collisions” of this nature subject vehicle occupants to tremendous forces.  The force of the collisions often cause serious injuries to those involved, and often fatalities result.

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“Wrong-Way Driver” incidents continue to happen on Chicago-area expressways, as well as throughout Illinois.  As seen in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” posts on this site, in which many such accidents involving “wrong-way drivers” are summarized, when a driver is traveling in the wrong direction accidents often occur.  Often, such crashes are “head-on collisions” which happen at highway speeds.  “Head-on collisions” of this nature often cause serious, if not life-threatening, accident injuries to vehicle occupants.  Most “wrong-way driver” crashes involve drunk drivers or drivers who are impaired because of drug use.

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“Wrong-Way Driver” accidents continue to be a substantial traffic safety issue nationally.  These crashes often result in “head-on” collisions that cause serious injuries to all vehicle occupants involved.  Often, vehicle occupants are pronounced dead at the accident scene.

On this site, many “Wrong-Way Driver” accidents that have occurred in Illinois have been summarized.  These summaries, in which injuries and fatalities have occurred, are found in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category.

There have been many efforts to try to reduce these accidents that result when drivers travel in the wrong direction.  Installation of signs alerting drivers that they are traveling in the wrong direction has been one such effort.

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“Wrong-Way Drivers” often occur after drivers are impaired by alcohol, and in some cases are impaired by drug use.

As seen in many “wrong-way driver” accidents – some of which are summarized on this site in posts found under the “Wrong-Way Driver Accidents” category – crashes that happen after drivers drive in the wrong direction often result in serious injuries and in some cases fatalities.

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“Wrong-Way Driver” incidents continue to happen on Chicago-area roads, as well as throughout Illinois.  On this site, such incidents are discussed in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” posts.  As seen in the various incidents, when a driver drives in the wrong direction it often leads to crashes.  Accident injuries are usually serious, if not fatal in nature, for the vehicle occupants.  There are various reasons that such accidents cause substantial injuries.  Among these reasons is that such crashes are often “head-on collisions” which happen at higher speeds.  “Head-on collisions” of this nature often cause serious, if not life-threatening, accident injuries to those involved.  Most, but not all, of such “wrong-way” crashes happen on highways or expressways and are caused by drunk drivers or drivers who are otherwise impaired.  The majority happen in the early morning hours.

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There was a crash late Tuesday night (November 28, 2017) which involved one car driving in the wrong direction, i.e. a “wrong-way driver.”

According to Chicago Police, the accident occurred as a 2017 Toyota Camry was driving south in the northbound lanes, in the 1500 block of South Lake Shore Drive.

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“Wrong-way drivers” continue to be a Chicago-area traffic safety hazard, primarily on expressways and toll roads.  As seen in the many accidents involving “wrong-way drivers” (many of which are summarized on this site in the “wrong-way drivers” category) many of these accidents result in one or more fatalities.  Most of the drivers who are driving in the wrong direction are doing so while intoxicated on alcohol and/or drugs.

There have been many efforts made to reduce the number of these “wrong-way drivers.”  Some of the efforts have included increased police enforcement, as well as placing large red signs on expressway ramps alerting drivers if they are driving in the wrong direction.  Various technologies are also being investigated.

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There was a crash on I-80 near Minooka early Sunday morning (January 29, 2017) involving a car traveling in the wrong direction.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), this “wrong-way driver” crash happened as the driver of a 2003 Ford Focus was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-80.  At 3:07 a.m., the car crashed “head-on” with a semi truck about two miles east of Ridge Road.

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