“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
Accidents which occur while drivers are driving in the wrong direction continue to cause serious – and in many cases – fatal injuries. In most instances these “wrong-way driver” crashes happen when the driver is intoxicated. On this site, such crashes are summarized in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category.
There was a fatal accident early Monday morning (January 2, 2016) in Chicago’s Loop. The accident involved a driver heading in the wrong direction in the 100 block of South Wells.
There was a fatal “wrong-way driver” crash Saturday evening (December 3, 2016) on the Chicago Skyway.
According to information provided by Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 9:40 p.m., as a Jeep Patriot was driving east in the westbound lanes (i..e. driving in the wrong direction) of the Chicago Skyway. At that time, the Jeep Patriot ran into a Dodge Caravan in a “head on” collision. The collision occurred near 92nd Street.
There was a “wrong-way driver” accident early Friday morning (December 2, 2016) on Interstate 88 (I-88) in Naperville. The accident, which involved a “head-on collision” between two cars, led to the deaths of three people.
According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 12:55 a.m., in the westbound lanes of I-88 (Reagan Tollway) near Mill Street. At that time, near mile marker 125.75, the driver of a 2012 Toyota Camry was driving in the wrong direction (i.e. driving eastbound) in the westbound lanes, and crashed “head-on” into a 2007 Chrysler 300.