Frigid temperatures and the first signs of drifting snow this week have unequivocally rung in the winter season in Chicago. This time of year always involves skating in Millenium Park, lights down Michigan Avenue, and the Christkindlemarket on Daley Plaza.
However, the change in weather means something else to all Chicago travelers-new and dangerous road hazards. Of course it is only a matter of time before large amounts of snow and ice are dumped on our roadways. This often presents visibility concerns for many drivers and requires slower more calculated movement as the roads become slick and unpredictable.
At the same time, snowfall brings out droves of snow plowing trucks seeking to make the roads safe for travel. When not careful, however, the trucks themselves can cause unique truck accidents that injure others.
That is just what happened in Wyoming today, as a snow plow crashed into four walking children. Mlive News reported on the truck accident that struck in the early afternoon, around 12:54pm. Four children (ages 6 to 9) who attended a local school were walking together across the street after classes had ended. At the same time a truck with a snow plow came driving through the intersection, hitting the children. Three of the victims suffered minor injuries while one child, a 6 year old girl, was rushed off to a local hospital and remains in critical condition.
The truck driver claims that the light was green when he went through the intersection, but police are still investigating the scene to determine exactly what happened.
Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti urge all city drivers to take extra precautions as the winter season descends. Driving a little slower, checking for pedestrians a little more carefully, and other basic safety techniques can go a long way to ensuring that all travelers make it to their destinations safely.
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