Have you ever had the scary experience of driving on a divided highway or one-way street, and suddenly another vehicle approaches from the opposite direction?
Wrong-way driving occurrences are rare but frightening, and can lead to critical crash injuries. They’re also among the top 25 causes of car crashes.
According to a 2012 National Transportation Safety Board special report, wrong-way collisions account for only about 3 percent of accidents on high-speed divided highways, yet these accidents maintain a high fatality rate because of the severity in crash dynamics and amount of force involved. In fact, head-on collisions at elevated speeds are often considered the most deadly type of car crash.
Additionally, over 60 percent of wrong-way drivers have blood alcohol content levels well above the legal limit of 0.08 — the level at which a driver is considered too impaired to drive.
Other instances of wrong-way driving can be attributed to simple carelessness. Some other reasons a driver might drive in the wrong direction of travel for his or her lane include:
Just last year, the Illinois Center of Transportation published a guidebook to help reduce and prevent fatal wrong-way driving crashes. Some of the recommended safety measures include:
The Illinois Department of Transportation has already installed large wrong-way signs at every exit ramp in the state, and introduced radar detection technology to report wrong-way drivers to law enforcement.
Despite these advancements in crash prevention, you should still take precautions on your own and keep a close eye on traffic signs and road irregularities in unfamiliar areas. If you witness a wrong-way driver or suspicious driving behavior, report it to the police immediately.
Unfortunately, hundreds of auto incidents happen every day due to a vehicle going the wrong way. Wrong-way driving accidents can be challenging to avoid when they leave unsuspecting drivers with little time to react. Consequently, victims may suffer a devastating impact that results in head trauma, spinal injury, and other serious physical impairments.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, our experienced Chicago personal injury attorneys can help. Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. is committed to fighting for the rights of car accident victims and helping you obtain the compensation that you deserve.
Our car accident attorneys serve clients throughout the Chicago area, including Aurora, Elgin, Hinsdale, Joliet, Naperville, and Waukegan. Contact our office today at (312) 236-2900 to learn more about your legal options, and how you can recover after an auto accident. We offer a free initial case evaluation and charge no fees unless we win your case.
Don’t miss this article: Top 25 Causes of Car Accidents and What You Can Do To Prevent Them. For this month of October, the Illinois attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. will be developing a blog series breaking down these leading causes of car crashes.