Three people were killed in an I-290 wrong-way crash near Mannheim Road, south of O’Hare Airport.
I-290 Wrong-Way Crash in Early Morning
At approximately 5:13 a.m. on January 1, 2022, a 24-year-old Chicago man was driving a Mazda sedan the wrong way on a westbound lane of I-290 near Mannheim Road. He crashed head on into a Nissan sedan driven by a 23-year-old Chicago man. The Nissan had a 24-year-old Chicago man in the passenger seat.
All three men were pronounced dead at the scene of the I-290 wrong-way crash. Their names have not been released.
I-290 was closed in both directions from 5:28 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. while emergency crews were present at the location of the collision. According to the Illinois State Police, investigators continue to look into the cause of the I-290 wrong-way crash. No car accident attorneys are known to have filed suit at this time.
Wrong-Way Crashes Deadlier Than Other Accidents
Wrong-way crashes, in which one vehicle collides with another vehicle while moving against the direction of traffic, are relatively rare. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, they account for only approximately three percent of collisions. Nevertheless, wrong-way crashes can be deadlier than other types of accidents.
Every year, an estimated 355 people are killed in collisions caused by vehicles moving in the wrong direction. There are an average of 1.34 deaths for each fatal wrong-way car accident, compared to 1.10 deaths for all other types of deadly crashes – an increase of nearly 22 percent in the fatality rate.
Fighting to Get You Fair Compensation
Even in non-fatal accidents, a driver or a passenger in a wrong-way collision can still sustain significant injuries. If this has happened to you because of somebody else’s negligence, you may be eligible to obtain financial compensation. To help make sure this compensation is fair, consider doing what so many others have done before you and reach out to the car accident attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC.
With more than $2 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements, GWC is one of the premier Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law firms in Illinois. Our dedicated car accident attorneys have the experience, the determination, the resources, and the reputation necessary to get you and your family the justice you deserve.
If you have been injured in a wrong-way crash, contact GWC today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney. You may call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative at any time.