Head on collisions have the potential to be much more dangerous than any other form of auto accident due to the extreme amount of energy that is displaced when two vehicles decelerate rapidly following impact. 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, we are committed to securing the maximum possible compensation for our clients injured in wrong-way car accidents in Chicago.Frequent Causes of One Way Collisions
Recent laws have been passed and technologies studied that may reduce the number of wrong way accidents after studying the causes of these collisions. Understanding what causes motorists to travel the wrong direction on any given street is important when considering measures to prevent similar incidents in the future. Here are the most common causes of wrong way accidents.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An overwhelming number of wrong way collisions are related to the use of alcohol or controlled substances. 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 come under the influence of drugs.
- Distracted drivers. 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 warning 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 can result in drivers moving into the wrong lanes.
- 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 drivers to take a wrong turn and head into oncoming traffic.
Most Chicago wrong way collisions are not cut and dry and may be influenced by a combination of factors. It is important to gather as much evidence as possible at the scene of an accident and retain an attorney who will perform an even deeper investigation using experts in the field of accident reconstruction so that you not only learn the true cause of your accident, but who is really to blame.Technology to Deter Wrong Way Driving
Authorities in some areas have begun to install devices that are allowing them to better understand the cause of wrong way accidents and to deter drivers from continuing down a street in the wrong direction. The technology used includes sensors, flashing signs and lights and cameras that are all designed to alert a driver who has found him or herself 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 elect to utilize these devices in an effort to save lives and reduce the number of catastrophic injuries that occur from head on collisions.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 understand that your focus needs to be on recovering from your injuries or the loss of a loved one. We are more than happy to ease your burden by taking on the task 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. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys. If you are unable to meet us, we are happy to travel to you and because you are going through enough already, we will not require any payment for our services upfront— our lawyers only receive a fee once they collect compensation on your behalf.