“Wrong-Way Drivers” often occur after drivers are impaired by alcohol, and in some cases are impaired by drug use.
As seen in many “wrong-way driver” accidents – some of which are summarized on this site in posts found under the “Wrong-Way Driver Accidents” category – crashes that happen after drivers drive in the wrong direction often result in serious injuries and in some cases fatalities.
One of the reasons that “wrong-way driver” crashes often result in serious injuries is that the resulting collisions are often “head-on collisions.” As discussed on the “‘Head-On Collisions’ In Cook County” page, there are many reasons why these types of crashes often result in vehicle occupants being seriously injured. While there are many reasons as to why such frontal collisions can occur, it is common for such crashes to involve a drunk driver.
The April 23, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Hazel Crest man killed in wrong-way crash on I-57 in Matteson” discusses an April 22, 2018 fatal accident in Matteson which involved a pickup truck driving in the wrong direction on I-57.
An excerpt from the article:
A 22-year-old man from Colorado Springs, Colorado, was driving a blue 2004 Ford pickup south in the northbound lanes of I-57 at 3:31 a.m. when it crashed head-on with a northbound brown Nissan Altima near Vollmer Road in Matteson, according to a statement from Illinois State Police. Both vehicles rolled over as a result of the crash.
The driver of the Nissan, identified as Lorenzo M. Franklin, 27, of Hazel Crest, died at the accident scene.
The driver of the pickup truck had minor accident injuries.
Alcohol was considered a contributing factor in the crash. Charges are reportedly pending.
Additional details regarding drivers who drive in the wrong direction and the types of crashes that often follow such negligent driving can be seen in the sources mentioned above.