The recent bout of winter weather has posed some serious risks for drivers, creating icy and snowy road conditions. Sometimes these dangers are not easily seen and cannot be quickly reacted to, especially on highways surrounded by open countryside. It is imperative that all drivers are responsible and use caution to ensure the safety of themselves and others on the road and to prevent accidents.
This past Monday, according to the News Tribune, a car and a pickup truck were involved in a collision amongst the snowy road conditions along Route 251 north in Peru, Illinois. The car spun out on the snow and ice covered road and then struck the pickup truck. One victim sustained multiple injuries after she was thrown from the window of her car along. After going into a ditch, the driver of the pickup became trapped in his vehicle, requiring firefighters to use extrication equipment to open the door and free him from the crash.
During winter and while driving on the highways, it is imperative that all drivers employ cautious driving behavior. According to The Weather Channel, if you are unfamiliar with driving in snow, it can be helpful to first practice. Try finding an open parking lot, so you can become more familiar with snowy roads and how to handle your car in these conditions. You can also consult the owner’s manual of your vehicle for the best guidance on how your car handles the snow and ice. When driving on icy roads, it is important to driver much slower than usual and to increase your following distance between vehicles. When roads are slippery, it takes longer to stop, so you should give yourself three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you to avoid a rear-end collision. Furthermore, be especially cautious on bridges and open or infrequently traveled roads, because these areas freeze first and have the iciest conditions.
Our Chicago accident firm also urges all drivers to use caution, especially in these slippery road conditions in winter. Motor vehicle accidents can cause serious damage to both vehicles and drivers, leading to costly repairs and injuries that often require rehabilitation and time away from work. As drivers, we all share a responsibility to make our highways a safe driving environment for everyone. When sharing the roads, we have a legal duty to be cautious and not drive recklessly or carelessly. If you have been seriously injured in an accident where someone was not using caution, you may be able to hold this person accountable for negligence. Our firm has been assisting victims of car accidents for over 20 years, and we would be glad to hear from you in a free consultation to determine if you have a legal cause of action and if we can use our experience to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.