Wrong Way Driver on Lake Shore Drive Crashes, Injures Three

Wrong Way Driver on Lake Shore Drive Crashes, Injures Three

Three individuals narrowly avoided tragedy after being struck by a car driving the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive, as they suffered minor injuries and are expected to recover. According to a November 29, 2017 report in the Chicago Tribune, the responsible driver was traveling south in the northbound lanes just south of downtown when he collided with the minivan. All occupants in the minivan, including a man, woman, and 17-year-old female, were transported to local hospitals. The responsible driver was ticketed for driving the wrong way and other violations, but the victims may also have a claim against him for the losses they suffer as a result of their injuries. While liability is rarely contested in a Chicago wrong way car accident, there are still complex issues involved with these types of cases.

Common Causes of Wrong Way Accidents

Alcohol tends to be a factor in many wrong way car crashes, and it is the leading cause of these incidents; in the recent Chicago collision, officials believed the responsible driver was intoxicated and may face additional charges. However, there are other reasons behind wrong way accidents, including:

  • Age of the Driver: Elderly motorists may suffer disorientation when driving and can be confused by signage, so they may end up in oncoming traffic as a result.
  • Motorist Fatigue: When a driver is tired, his or her alertness and reaction time suffers. The motorist may miss a sign or stray into other lanes.
  • Distracted Driving: If a motorist is focusing on sending a text or a phone conversation, he or she may make a wrong turn and travel into an improper lane.
  • Signage and Road Conditions: Other causes of wrong way accidents include poorly marked ramps, insufficient signage, objects interfering with signage, defects in design of a ramp, and many other factors.

Injuries in Wrong Way Crashes are More Severe

By their nature, wrong way auto accidents tend to be head-on crashes with other vehicles on the road. Occupants of a car struck by the responsible driver rarely walk away unharmed. Unfortunately, many of those involved in a wrong way collision are killed; victims who escape a tragic death are often left with severe, life-threatening injuries  and long-term effects, such as:

  • Traumatic brain injury and injuries to the head;
  • Harm and damage to the neck and spinal cord;
  • Whiplash and soft tissue injuries;
  • External wounds to the face, shoulders, and extremities;
  • Injuries to the chest, abdomen, ribs, and internal organs;
  • Fractured bones throughout the body;
  • Broken bones and other injuries to the extremities; and,
  • Emotional distress due to the pain and suffering of physical wounds.

Discuss Wrong Way Crashes with a Knowledgeable Attorney

The news is filled with stories of wrong way car accidents around Chicago, and the implications can be devastating if you are a victim injured in such a crash. For more information on your options to recover compensation, please contact Michael T. Friedman & Associates. We can schedule a consultation to review the details of your case.

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