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Chicago Wrong Way Car Accident Lawyer

Chicago wrong way car accidents have the potential to be much more dangerous than any other form of an auto accident due to the extreme amount of energy that is displaced when two vehicles crash into each other from opposite directions.

For this reason, Chicago auto accidents that occur due to drivers traveling the wrong-way on thoroughfares often have tragic results.  

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC, our car accident attorneys are committed to securing the maximum possible compensation for our clients injured in wrong-way driver accidents in Chicago, Illinois.

How a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Examines Causes of Wrong Way Crashes

After studying the causes of head-on collisions, recent laws have been passed that may reduce the number of wrong-way accidents.

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Understanding what causes motorists to travel the wrong direction on any given street is important when considering measures to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
Here are the most common causes of wrong-way crashes.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI). An overwhelming number of wrong-way car accidents are related to the use of alcohol or drugs. Drunk drivers are more likely to disobey traffic control devices or fail to notice signs that mark the entrances to one-way streets when they have consumed alcohol or are under the influence of drugs. Many of these motor vehicle accidents occur on early Saturday and Sunday mornings after midnight.
  • Distracted driving. Cell phone usage — especially text messaging— has been linked to higher rates of wrong-way collisions as drivers who are distracted are not aware of their surroundings and wrong way signs.
  • Poorly marked thoroughfares. It may not always be the driver’s fault for causing a wrong-way accident if there was a lack of adequate signage and warnings to deter drivers from entering a street in the wrong direction. This occurs most often in construction zones, where the lack of control devices or signs that causes drivers to move into the wrong lanes. These wrong way accidents may give rise to a lawsuit against a construction company or municipality.
  • Unfamiliarity with the area. This occurs when travelers who have never been to an area are unaware of their surroundings and get turned around when trying to find their destinations. It is possible for these motorists to take a wrong turn and drive toward oncoming traffic.
Most Chicago wrong-way collisions are not cut and dry, but may be influenced by a combination of factors.

It is important to gather as much evidence as possible at the accident scene and retain a Chicago car accident lawyer who will perform an even deeper investigation using experts in accident reconstruction so that you not only learn the true cause of your accident but who is truly at fault.

Each Chicago car accident attorney in our law offices knows the high-stakes damages related to serious injuries in wrong way crashes and is determined to locate the underlying causes and responsible parties.

Call us today to discuss a case involving yourself or a loved one.

Technology to Deter Wrong-Way Driving

Roadway authorities in many areas in Illinois have installed devices that provide information to better understand the cause of wrong-way fatal crashes and methods to deter drivers from continuing down a street in the wrong direction.

These technologies include sensors, flashing signs and lights, and cameras that are all designed to alert drivers who are driving the wrong way.

It can be argued that the lack of mainstream use of this technology is also to blame for some of these accidents.

Hopefully, more cities will choose to utilize these devices in an effort to save lives and reduce the number of catastrophic injuries that occur from head-on collisions.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim After a Chicago Wrong Way Accident

From a statistical perspective, a person involved in a wrong way collision is more likely to be seriously injured or killed compared to other types of car accident cases.

Our Chicago car accident lawyers appreciate the significance of these cases and work hard to secure a favorable settlement for your case when negotiating with the insurance company for the responsible driver. If we cannot get a favorable settlement, we will proceed with litigation.

Regardless of how the case gets resolved, our auto accident lawyers firmly believe that negligent drivers should be held fully accountable for personal injuries sustained by other motorists and their passengers in Chicago wrong way accidents.
From the time our law firm is retained by accident victims, we begin assembling a strong case for you to address liability and damages.

Establishing liability essentially means that we collect evidence to show that the other driver was negligent. That may be collecting witness statements, photographs of the vehicles and scene of the accident and ordering police reports.

Damages refer to the economic and non-economic losses you have sustained as a result of your personal injuries from the crash.
Examples of economic damages include all past and future medical treatment you have received for your injuries such as hospital bills, surgical expenses and physical therapy. If your injuries prevent you from working, we can make a wage loss claim on your behalf.

Non-economic damages refer primarily to pain and suffering that you have incurred in the past and are likely to experience in the future due to your injuries. While some states have attempted to limit or 'cap' pain and suffering, Illinois courts have repeatedly struck down these caps as unconstitutional.

Time Requirements for Filing a Lawsuit After a Chicago, Illinois Wrong Way Accident

If you were injured in a Chicago auto accident involving a wrong way driver, you generally have two years to resolve your accident claim with the responsible parties insurance company or file a lawsuit in court.

Illinois also has a two year statute of limitations for families to file a wrongful death case for the loss of their loved one in a motor vehicle accident.

We caution you that the statute of limitations for these cases can be shortened depending on the parties involved so it is important to discuss your situation with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as feasible so your legal rights are not compromised.

Wrong-Way Driver Car Accident FAQs

What Should I Do If I See a Wrong-Way Driver?

If you see a wrong-way motorist approaching, take corrective actions immediately by slowing down and moving to the right as far as possible. Hug the side of the road, even if there is no shoulder, to stay safe and out of the way of the approaching wrong-way driver.

AAA states that when driving at night and seeing and approaching a wrong-way driver, move to the center lane to allow diversionary tactics to move left or right as the motorist approaches.

What Causes Wrong-Way Drivers?

There are many contributing factors for drivers traveling the wrong way illegally in the wrong direction. Some of these factors might include driving under the influence of medications, alcohol, or illegal drugs.

Distracted motorists could also turn on the wrong side of the road not knowing they are placing others and grave danger. Unfamiliarity with the road can cause driver confusion that leads to wrong-way driving.

What to Do If You Turned Down a One-Way Street the Wrong Way?

According to the National Security Council, many drivers make bad decisions when traveling the wrong way including putting the car in reverse. Instead, the driver should immediately pull off to the side of the road, turn off their headlights, in turn on hazard lights.

It is crucial to wait until a gap in traffic appears to provide ample time to turn the vehicle around and move safely in the correct direction.

What Should You Do Immediately After a Car Accident?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that you should always follow recommendations for maintaining safety after an automobile accident. The steps include:
  • Stay at the accident scene, including minor accidents, to ensure everyone is safe and uninjured. You could face hit-and-run charges if you leave the scene.
  • Call local law enforcement to report the accident to a police officer or Illinois State Police (ISP)
  • Wait for Emergency Medical Technicians to arrive at the scene of the accident and transport yourself and all injured victims to the emergency room or urgent care center for a diagnosis, even if you do not believe you were injured at all
  • Ensure that the scene is protected, and an accurate record is made of what happened
  • Ensure that photographs were taken of the car crash scene and your injuries
  • Ensure that all contact information is exchanged
  • Follow the doctor’s orders and attend every physician appointment and undergo recommended procedures to ensure you heal completely from your accident-related injuries

How Do You Know You Are Driving on a One-Way Road?

Nearly all streets, expressways, and highways in the United States have markings and signs that direct drivers on what to do. One-way streets are typically signed to so the direction. Other roads are marked with “Do Not Enter” and ``Wrong Way” signs warning motorists not to enter an approaching oncoming traffic.

Also, one-way streets do not have yellow markings, delineating traffic traveling in opposite directions. If you are unsure if you are driving on a one-way road in America, travel in the safest right lane with the fewest hazards.

Can You Pass a Car on a One-Way Street?

The law allows you to pass a vehicle on a one-way street with multiple lanes. However, you should always pass in the left lane.

According to, most wrong-way driver crashes occur on interstates in the eastbound and northbound lanes, and westbound and southbound lanes. In Illinois, most one-way accidents involve passenger vehicles and delivery trucks traveling on the Dan Ryan Expressway in the Chicago area.

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Get Legal Help For a Wrong-Way Car Accident in Chicago

If you have been involved in a wrong-way auto accident in Chicago or anywhere in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understands that your focus needs to be on recovering from your injuries or the loss of a loved one.

We can provide legal assistance to ease your burden of protecting your financial interests so that you are able to pay your medical bills and take care of your family while you are unable to work because of the accident.

Contact us today at (888) 424-5757 to arrange a free consultation with attorneys.

If you are unable to meet us, we are happy to travel to you. We understand what you are going through and will not require any upfront payment for our services.

Our lawyers get paid on after we negotiate financial compensation on your behalf through an out of court settlement, or win a jury trial award.

Our car accident attorneys follow social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus).

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