In Chicago, Illinois three people were seriously injured early Sunday morning in a car crash on the Ohio Street feeder ramp just west of Orleans Street in River North, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The accident happened when a driver entered the eastbound lanes traveling the wrong direction. The vehicle, carrying two passengers, struck an eastbound vehicle head on.
One vehicle involved, a GMC SUV, had front end damage and a shattered windshield. The other car was a mid-sized Mercury sedan. Two people in the car traveling the wrong way were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, and one person in the other car was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The Illinois State Police responded to the crash. A Master Sargent with the Illinois State Police is reporting that the injuries in the downtown Chicago accident were serious. It has not been reported if alcohol was involved.
The location of this accident is just down the street from our law office. The Ohio Street Feeder Ramp has 3 lanes in each direction and brings traffic from Interstate 90/94 in and out of River North and the Mag Mile. I would also guess that there are literally hundreds of drinking establishments within a mile of the ramp. Late at night on weekends, suburbanites that came downtown for the night use the Ohio ramp to connect to the highway in order to head back to the burbs. I am actually surprised that I have not heard of similar accidents at this location.
From the perspective of a Chicago injury lawyer, liability in this case is a “no-brainer”. The occupants of the eastbound car, and the passengers in the westbound car, have a personal injury claim against the Chicago area driver that got on the ramp going the wrong way.