Cook Co, IL (April 12, 2020) – A crash that took place in Cook County, Illinois early Sunday morning left two people injured. Officials from the Illinois State Police responded to the scene of the crash on I-294 NB at around 3:03 a.m. According to initial reports, Keith Mereck, 66, of Valley City, Ohio was struck by a wrong-way driver on the highway.
The wrong-way driver was identified as Jermaine Leverston, 44, of Joliet, Illinois. Leverston was traveling south on the northbound lanes of I-294 and collided head-on with Mereck’s vehicle. Both were hospitalized following the accident.
The investigation into the crash is currently ongoing.
Our thoughts are with Keith Mereck, Jermaine Leverston, and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Head-On Crashes in Illinois
Head-on collisions are some of the most dangerous, resulting in nearly 10 percent of reported roadway deaths each year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, head-on crashes have a 58 percent fatality rate. These crashes are often caused by reckless drivers who veer into oncoming traffic.
Wrong-way drivers are prone to causing head-on crashes when they travel on the wrong side of the road. These drivers can also be held responsible for your injuries in the event of a crash. Injured parties can recover lost compensation with the help of a qualified Illinois car crash attorney.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we’re here to help you obtain fair compensation after an accident. We’ve helped countless crash victims recover from their injuries. Give us a call at 312-386-7683 to discuss your case.
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