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Wrong-Way Driving Accidents

Were You Seriously Injured In A Collision?

According to data released by the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roads across America have been getting safer ever since stricter seatbelt laws were introduced and law enforcement increased their efforts to crack down on drunk drivers. Over the past decade, deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents have dropped by almost 25 percent according to NHTSA – however, the number of deaths caused by wrong-way driving accidents has remained steady at approximately 360 fatalities every year.

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Wrong-way driving accidents may only account for a small portion of the tens of thousands of people killed in motor vehicle accidents each year, but they are almost always caused by the wrong-way driver’s negligence or wrongdoing. Our Chicago car accident lawyers at Power Rogers & Smith have spent decades providing clients with the knowledgeable and passionate legal representation they need to secure the outcome and compensation they deserve. If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a car accident, contact us today to discuss your case with a member of our firm.

What Causes Wrong-Way Driving Accidents?

Federal agencies keep a close eye on accidents like these in order to learn what led up to them and what changes need to be made to prevent them in the future. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a Highway Special Investigation Report (PDF) in December of 2012 that detailed their findings following research and analyses of a number of wrong-way driving crashes. Surprisingly, officials reported that one of the most common factors leading to these types of crashes included confusing roadway design and poor signage. In addition, the drivers who were travelling in the wrong direction were often at fault. Some of the leading factors they highlighted in the report included:

  • Age: The NTSB report showed that drivers 70 years old and above were the wrong-way driver in approximately 15 percent of all wrong-way driving crashes, while they were the right-way driver in only 3 percent of these types of crashes. In the crashes studied, drivers in this age group were driving the wrong direction in 233 crashes, while 51 were driving in the correct direction.
  • Alcohol: The NTSB report cited driving under the influence (DUI) as the most common factor involved in wrong-way driving accidents. Their data shows that 69 percent of at-fault drivers had a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of at least 0.08 percent, and 59 percent of people driving in the wrong direction during these types of crashes had a BAC of at least 0.15 percent. As high as these numbers already are, officials believe that the actual number may be even higher due to missing BAC level information missing from a number of crashes.
  • Nights and Weekends: The vast majority of wrong-way driving accidents occurred at night – 78 percent, according to the NTSB report – and approximately 57 percent occurred between Friday and Sunday.

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Hire An Experienced Chicago Attorney Today

Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Power Rogers & Smith are committed to providing our clients with the dedicated and passionate legal representation our firm has become known for. Since we first opened our doors more than two decades ago, we have successfully recovered more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a car accident, give us a call at (312) 313-0202 to speak with a member of our firm, or fill out our online form to request a free case evaluation today.

  • Experience

    Since 1993 when we first opened the doors of our law practice, Power Rogers & Smith has handled some of the largest personal injury cases for plaintiffs in the state of Illinois – and won. With our experience, we aren’t afraid to stand up to large corporations and insurance companies in court.

  • Success

    Power Rogers & Smith has won more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for its clients – that’s $800 million more than our closest competitor since 2000. These results include many record-setting and regulation-changing outcomes as well, including a $100 million settlement for victims of a trucking accident – Illinois’ largest injury award to a single family.

  • Contingency Fee

    Victims of tragic and life-altering accidents are suffering – physically, emotionally, and financially. We take the financial burden off victims by working on a contingent fee. This means that you do not pay unless/until we secure a financial recovery for you. You focus on healing. We’ll take care of the rest.

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Common Car Accident Questions

  • What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

    A: File a police report, gather as much information as you can about the accident, and get in touch with a lawyer. The sooner you speak with a car accident attorney, the faster you can pursue financial compensation for your damages.

  • How Long Should I Wait to File a Claim?

    A: Generally, it’s best to file your claim as soon after the accident as possible. There are a few reasons for this, including the statute of limitations. In short, the statute of limitations is the legal “window” you have to file a claim. This time frame varies from state to state. Additionally the nature of your claim can influence the time you have to file.

  • Do I Need an Attorney?

    A: You are not legally obligated to seek representation from a lawyer; however, car accident claims and lawsuits can be complex. The insurance company is not on your side, so working with an attorney can provide valuable insight and guidance throughout the duration of your claim or lawsuit.