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Chicago-Land’s First Snow Blamed for Several Fatal Accidents

As the middle of November approaches, many Chicago and suburban area residents have only begun to enjoy the fall season’s brisk weather, the changing colors of the leaves, and the preparation of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. These residents, however, had a rude awakening on Monday night when the city’s first snow flurries arrived. Freezing temperatures, frost, and black ice near roadways and expressways surprised drivers in the West and Northwest suburbs. Also surprising is the number of motor-vehicle accidents that occurred in the Chicago area over night.

According to Chicagotribune.com, state police patrolling area toll roads responded to a total of 17 crashes between 9:45 and 10:45pm. A Master Sergeant stated that this number was extremely above the typical 1 or 2 crashes during that time period. In one accident that occurred, a 42-year-old man was fatally struck by a vehicle after leaving his own car following a collision on the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway, just west of Gary Avenue. Another accident occurred when a police cruiser was hit by a truck while an officer was responding to the scene of an accident. “Troopers were dodging cars coming at them,” authorities said.

In all, slick roads and black ice left vehicles damages, drivers injured, expressways closed overnight, and witnesses hoping the snow flurries would come to an end. Though the snow may be gone for now, it will certainly return soon, and our attorneys want all motorists to be prepared for poor weather conditions on Illinois roadways.

Though the best way to avoid an accident on a snowy road is to simply stay off the road until the poor weather passes, there are many simple steps that drivers can take to decrease the risk of an accident occurring. These steps include remaining aware of all current weather forecasts, traveling at slower speeds to maintain vehicle control on ice, always wearing a seatbelt, and being attentive for other drivers who may have lost control of their own vehicles. It is also important to refrain from stopping for accidents or stranded vehicles along an icy roadway because it increases the likelihood of a chain-reaction collision occurring, as seen in the above reports.

In all, our attorneys want all drivers to keep these safety tips in mind in order to be prepared for any unexpected snow or ice that the season brings. Understand that overconfidence in these conditions is what causes a greater number of personal injury and fatalities; always drive defensively, attentively, and responsibly.

In the case that you or a loved one is injured in an accident due to another’s negligence, please contact our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti for more information.