A Chicago man was seen driving the wrong way on Interstate 90 January 25th, the Chicago Tribune reports. After drifting to the shoulder and skidding against the cement retaining wall multiple times, his Chrysler Town and Country minivan came to a halt in front of an Illinois Department of Transportation snow plow. Police responding to the scene arrested Gilberto Vanegas, a 62-year-old man, who was later charged with DUI, traveling in the wrong direction, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He has been released on his own recognizance. No one was injured.
More Roads Means More Accidents
Chicago is a transportation hub for the US, and has been since the days of the Union Stockyards. Cattle and other products would be driven over land to the trains whose home was the multiple train yards that Chicago still operates, including its famous Union Station. While travel and shipping by rail is still present, motor vehicle travel has largely supplanted trains. With seven individual interstate highways running through or near Chicago city proper, and many more US, Illinois, and county roads, Chicago is the often the first stop for people and goods destined for other parts of the country.
The volume of traffic means an increased opportunity for traffic accidents. This is true when everyone obeys the rules of the road, not just when someone flouts the law by driving drunk the wrong way on a busy highway. When accidents occur, there is almost always one driver who is responsible (either completely or mostly) for the accident. That driver is liable for the injuries and damage caused by the accident.
At-Fault Drivers Must Pay
The costs for which the driver is liable will be anything that can be directly linked to the accident, such as the ambulance bill, the emergency room visit, the costs of tests and x-rays performed at the hospital, the doctor’s fees, the fees of return doctor visits, the cost of treatments for the injuries, and the cost of drugs to manage pain or infection. Other costs that can be directly linked to the accident are lost income due to an inability to work, the cost of supplemental child care, and the damage caused to the vehicle. Finally, there may be non-economic damages that can be awarded for injuries, such as pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, loss of enjoyment of a marriage, and numerous others.
Establishing fault is amongst the necessary steps to making a claim for injuries. This can be done a number of ways, but the most common ways is showing unreasonable behavior on the part of one driver. Often this requires a close analysis of the facts, but if the driver is drunk and driving the wrong way down an interstate highway, fault would likely be easy to establish.
Contact a Chicago Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents are at best disruptive, and at worst catastrophic. They can result in minor injuries, or injuries as serious as death. An experienced personal injury attorney can take the burden of pursuing compensation off of you, the victim, and place it where it belongs, on the negligent driver. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 today. The consultation is free.
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