Injuries Resulting From Drivers Traveling In The Wrong Direction

“Wrong-Way Driver” accidents continue to happen in the Chicago area, as well as throughout Illinois and nationally.  Due to the severity of these accidents, there have been various actions taken to try to reduce or eliminate such crashes.  Among those actions taken is to post “Wrong Way” signs to alert potential drivers they are traveling in the wrong direction.

As seen in the crashes discussed in posts that are found in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category, this type of crash is problematical for many reasons.  Typically such crashes lead to serious accident injuries to vehicle occupants, and fatalities often occur at the accident scene or shortly after such a crash.

Due to the seriousness of injuries that result when vehicles collide after a driver has been traveling in the wrong direction, it is common for those that have been hurt in such crashes that weren’t their fault to seek compensation through the filing of a lawsuit. Due to the typical extensive injuries that result during a “wrong-way driver” crash, the need for compensation can be substantial.

An example of such an Illinois personal injury lawsuit is discussed in the December 20, 2016 Madison Record article titled “Motorist alleges intoxicated woman drove wrong way, caused crash on I-255.”

While there can be various reasons as to why a motorist might be driving in the wrong direction, driver impairment is a common cause.  This impairment can be caused by either alcohol, drugs, or both.  While the level of impairment varies for many reasons, the impairment can be increased if there is mixed-drug use and/or alcohol is consumed near the time of the drug use.

Additional details regarding these crashes can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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