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 after 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 LLC, our attorneys 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
After studying the causes of head-on collisions, recent laws have been passed that may reduce the number of wrong way accidents. 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 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 are 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 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.
- 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 an attorney 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.
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 accidents 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.
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 understand 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 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 and will not require any up front 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.