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Wrong-Way Driving Accidents

One-Way and Wrong-Way Driving Accidents

Driving the wrong way is very likely to cause an accident. Although these types of accidents can occur anywhere, they are more likely to occur in urban areas where one-way streets predominate. In Chicago, it is easy to get turned around when you are unsure of where you are going or which way the one-ways run. Nevertheless, anyone who is involved in an accident, and is driving in a lane of traffic, in the opposing direction of the legal flow of traffic, will be considered at fault for any resulting accident.

Wrong Way Driving Accidents Result in Catastrophic Injuries

Wrong-way driving is unsafe anywhere, it is especially dangerous when it comes to drivers who enter limited-access highway ramps at high speed, or drive along a freeway, going the wrong direction. Although only 3% of all accidents are attributable to wrong-way driving, they are much more likely to result in fatalities and serious injury than other types of accidents. This is due to the fact that most of these collisions are head-on events.

Median Crossovers

Another common cause of wrong-way collisions is median crossovers. These types of accidents are usually caused by a driver being intoxicated or falling asleep behind the wheel. Although less likely to be as severe as the wrong-way collision occurring on a high-speed, limited access highway, these accidents can also result in serious injury and death.

How To Avoid Wrong Way Disaster

Wrong-way collisions can be devastating, but often avoided. It comes down to good driving practices, paying close attention, and avoiding driving while intoxicated or overly tired. Additionally, exercising extra caution when it is dark, foggy, or you are driving on unfamiliar roads can help avoid disaster. If you are driving along in the right direction, and you observe an oncoming vehicle traveling the wrong way, flash your brights repeatedly to get their attention and pull over to the side as soon as you can do so safely.

Proper planning can help avert most accidents, but sometimes a collision is simply unavoidable. If you or someone you care about has been injured due to the carelessness or negligence of a wrong-way driver, it is advisable to confer with a highly-skilled Chicago auto accident lawyer to discuss your options.

Shea Law Group Experienced Accident Lawyer Chicago

Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Shea Law Group have handled thousands of accident cases, including those caused by wrong-way drivers. If you are unsure of how to proceed during this difficult time, reach out to a compassionate Chicago auto accident lawyer from our office at (877)-365-0040 and book a free consultation today. We are dedicated to helping accident victims and their families, and we are here to help you.