Wrong Way Car Accidents
In fact, wrong way driving accidents are 12 times more likely to result in serious injury or death than other types of accidents, according to the NTSB.
Wrong-way driving car accidents have a high likelihood of being very serious. Overall, head-on collisions account for about 18% of all traffic fatalities, according to the NHTSA, and many of these fatal accidents are due to wrong-way driving accidents, not the incidental accidents that occur during failed passing maneuvers. These accidents claim hundreds of lives each year and result in thousands more serious injuries.
In Chicago, the recent death of two victims in a Lake Shore Drive wrong way driving accident reminds us of the potential tragedy that results from this type of accident. Like most wrong way driving accidents, this one is believed to be the result of DUI on the part of the wrong way driver, a police officer.
Fault in Wrong Way Driving Accidents
Fault in wrong way driving accidents can be assigned almost always to the wrong-way driver. Wrong way driving accidents are caused by:
- Drunk driving (accounts for about 60% of all wrong-way driving accidents)
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Fatigued driving
- Unfit or unlicensed driver
In all these cases, it is the wrong way driver that must be held responsible for the injuries you suffered.
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