We’ve talked about the extreme dangers of crashes involving wrong-way drivers before, especially those which occur overnight. A motorist might see a pair of headlights coming toward his or her vehicle and think nothing of it – until it becomes clear that the headlights are actually in the same lanes as the motorist’s vehicle. By then, it is often too late to avoid a head-on collision.
Two recent accidents involving a wrong-way driver:Wrong-Way Driver on Lake Shore Drive Critically Injures 2Wrong-Way Driver Kills 4 In I-80 Car Accident Near Hazel CrestIt was a minor miracle that no one died in a wrong-way crash early Wednesday morning on the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago. Around 4:15am, a Chrysler Sebring got into the northbound lanes of the expressway at Armitage Road and proceeded to drive southbound. The car traveled about a mile and clipped two vehicles before colliding head-on with a Nissan Maxima just south of North Drive.The 34-year old female driver of the Maxima suffered leg fractures and was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition. The wrong-way driver, a 25-year old woman from Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence as well as driving the wrong way and driving without a license. Both women had to be extricated from their cars by first responders.The police were initially notified of the wrong-way driver by the person driving one of the vehicles that was initially clipped. In addition, the husband of the accident victim was following the Maxima at the time of the collision (the couple reportedly commutes to work daily in this manner). So it appears that there will be no shortage of reliable witness statements should the victim choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the 25-year old DUI suspect. Such a suit could allow the victim to collect reimbursement for her hospital expenses, compensation for any time she misses at work due to her injuries, and damages for emotional distress and loss of care or companionship.