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Midwest Snow Leads to Dozens of Accidents

The Midwest has been hit hard with winter weather conditions with snow accumulation. Dozens of accidents have recently occurred on the Illinois-Wisconsin border in Southeast Wisconsin. According to NBC Chicago, during the recent snow, several people were injured and one person was killed due to hazardous driving conditions on the roadways. The snow has continued to move through, and over the weekend the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation has deployed 200 plows and salt spreaders.

Over the weekend, accidents were reported to have occurred along various interstates, including 94, 894, and I-90 and I-39. The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office reported that a fatal rollover occurred among multiple pileups, along I-94 eastbound at Highway 100. Due to multiple accidents, many stretches of highway required closing.

Just on Sunday, December 8th, 38 accidents occurred between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the Milwaukee County Freeway system. 29 of those crashes involved disabled vehicles in which passengers had to be physically removed by local authorities. There were more than 7 semis and more than 30 cars involved in accidents. One vehicle even included an entire bus of people.

It is advised to drive with caution in winter as the weather can pose many dangers to those on the road. This is especially true when sharing the highway with trucks and other large vehicles. The Weather Channel has several pieces of advice for traveling during snowy and icy conditions. For instance, when driving on icy roads, make sure to decrease your speed and to leave plenty of room between yourself and the car in front of you to stop. This should be about three times more space than usual. When braking, make sure to brake gently to avoid skidding, and if your wheels lock up, ease off of the breaks. Use extra caution when on bridges, overpasses, and roads that are not frequently traveled on. This is where you can encounter more ice. Also, try not to pass snow plows and sanding trucks because these vehicles have limited visibility and have only cleared and sanded the road behind them, not in front of them.

The conditions in the accident above were described as extremely slippery and dangerous with very low visibility. Seeing as this location so closely borders Chicago, our city is prone to the same dangerous winter conditions and negligent winter driving. When such conditions are present, not everyone exercises the caution they should on the road. Reckless driving of others can lead to undeserved injuries, both physically and financially, to cautious drivers. Personal injuries and damage to motor vehicles are costly, both in time and in money. If you have been in an accident as the result of someone else’s negligence on the road, you may be able to obtain damages to compensate you for your physical injuries and financial hardship. Our experienced Chicago accident attorneys can assist you in obtaining compensation.