One person is in critical condition after a wrong-way accident on Interstate 77 south. The accident involved a passenger vehicle and an 18-wheeler.
According to state troopers, the accident occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. on I-77 south at LaSalle Street.
The driver of the car who was traveling the wrong way was ejected from his vehicle. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured, in the crash.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in a recent study, accidents that involve a driver who is going the wrong way are increasing. Some 60% of those accidents, according to the study, can be attributed to someone getting behind the wheel and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – whether illegal, prescription or even over the counter medications.
While many incidents of wrong-way accidents can also be caused by someone who has become confused or disoriented while driving in an unfamiliar area, or they cannot see or negotiate well in the dark, only 15% of drivers that get into such accidents are elderly or are over the age of 70.
Another contributing factor in wrong way accidents is being overly tired. Being too tired and then getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle can also be a contributing factor in a wrong-way accident. It’s just as wise an idea to be rested before driving as it is to not drive after consuming alcohol.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a wrong-way driving incident, call the offices of Auger & Auger today. When you call we will discuss the details of your case with you and help you decide your best course of action before you sign or agree to anything.
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