“Wrong-way” drivers continue to pose a substantial safety risk to motorists. This “wrong-way driving” has contributed to many accidents. Not surprisingly, these types of accidents often result in serious accident injuries and numerous fatal accidents, as many, if not most, of these crashes are “head-on collisions” at high speeds. These types of accidents have been discussed on this site under the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category.
This evening (February 3, 2015) NBC Chicago featured an investigative segment concerning “wrong-way drivers” in the Chicago area. The segment is titled “Wrong Way Crashes Stand Out in Chicago Area” and includes an article and video as well as an interactive map showing the locations of crashes involving people driving in the wrong direction.
A couple of excerpts from the article:
An analysis of state records shows more than 50 people have been killed and nearly 300 injured as a result of wrong-way crashes in Illinois since 2005. Those records indicate there were 198 crashes on Chicago’s interstates and expressways, where wrong-way driving was listed as a primary cause, between 2005 and 2012. Information on wrong-way accidents between 2013 and the present is not readily available, however, the state now estimates approximately 10 to 15 wrong-way collisions in Illinois each year lead to fatalities and/or serious injuries.
The majority of wrong-way crashes involve a driver who has been drinking, with the majority taking place in the early morning hours in urban areas, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The article also highlights a recent fatal “wrong-way driver” crash on the Eisenhower Expressway, and mentions four fatal crashes on Lake Shore Drive since 2013 in which motorists were traveling in the wrong direction.
Also mentioned in the article is tips on what to do if you find a “wrong-way driver” traveling toward you.
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