Recently, our Illinois truck accident attorneys read a news report posted on NBCChicago.com detailing an initiative that will be taken by the Illinois Department of Transportation in an effort to reduce the prevalence of wrong-way motor vehicle accidents throughout the state. The article reveals that both the Illinois Department of Transportation, as well as, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville has been reviewing potential solutions for the past year. The groups seek to find remedies aside from the already vast number of oversized “do not enter” and “wrong way” signs that run up and down the state’s highway system.
Potential solutions to this increasing epidemic include: more or different pavement markings, changes to signage and different roadway designs, including those that incorporate varying turning radii and medians. The article provides additional shocking statistics that further explore the escalating frequency of wrong-way motor vehicle accidents. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that each year, an approximate 30 to 40 crashes occur in Illinois subsequently resulting in an increasing number of fatalities. Further studies show that some of the main factors in wrong way accident are alcohol, night time driving, as well as, urban driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wrong way drivers are involved in approximately 1.5 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents. Generally, the most common causes of these accidents fall into a number of the following categories:
• Inattentive Driver • Intoxicated Driver • Older Drivers who are easily confused • Drivers attempting to avoid traffic jams and/or congestion
In order to avoid the often devastating effects that commonly result from motor vehicle accidents caused by wrong-way travel, every Chicago truck accident lawyer at Levin & Perconti recommends that drivers of all types of motor vehicles adhere to the following guidelines:
• Never drive intoxicated • Refrain from using cellular devices during vehicle operation • Avoid all driver distractions • Come to complete stops at divided highways and always read traffic safety signs
When these types of improvements to roadway safety are implemented, a substantial dent is made in the rate of motor vehicle accidents, including Illinois trucking accidents, which occur on our nation’s roadways each and every year. Our Chicago trucking accident attorneys continue to encourage annual roadway improvements, in addition to, safe vehicle operation. With the winter months upon us, drivers of all types of vehicles must exercise the utmost care during vehicle operation in order to prevent the recurrence of these types of devastating wrong-way accidents.