There are a lot of reasons why more auto accidents occur during the overnight hours in Illinois and throughout the country. The most obvious one is reduced visibility, which diminishes the ability of motorists to see other vehicles around them. Another is the higher prevalence of drivers who are impaired due to drowsiness, alcohol, or drugs. Some drivers also tend to drive faster at night when they think that they are alone on the roads – and this excessive speed leads to crashes as well.
But there’s one problem associated with driving at night that doesn’t get discussed as much. Despite the presence of road signs and markings, some drivers simply fail to see the road they are supposed to take.
That’s apparently what happened this week on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. Around 4:15am Friday morning, a 28-year old woman was driving her Buick LaCrosse south in the northbound lanes of LSD. The Buick slammed head-on into an Oldsmobile Ciera being driven by a 42-year old man, who had to be taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center with injuries.
According to Chicago Police, the woman may have entered Lake Shore Drive from 57th Drive, which runs along the north edge of the Museum of Science and Industry. That would have meant that she made a wide right turn from 57th around the barrier which separates northbound and southbound traffic on LSD, instead of turning in front of the barrier like she should have. Authorities say that alcohol is not suspected of playing a role in the crash, although she will be cited for driving the wrong way.
Nevertheless, the man has solid grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the woman. This type of suit could allow him to collect reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospital expenses, medication costs, and physical therapy – as well as compensation for unearned wages from missing work due to the Chicago auto accident.