As you know, the Midwest, particularly the Chicagoland area, is known for its drastic changes in weather, particularly in springtime. Often, just when nice weather has arrived, it will quickly change again into late winter conditions. This weather can make our Illinois highways and interstates more hazardous than normal. It is for this reason that we, as drivers, should never cease being cautious and maintain our dedication to safety, even more so when the weather is unpredictable. Remember, regardless of weather, we owe a duty to all others on the road to not be negligent or the cause of personal injuries to others.
According to a recent article by The News-Gazette, extreme weather was a cause in a three-vehicle collision on Illinois I-74. The “extreme crosswind during a rainstorm” was the factor in the collision that injured four men. Reports by the Illinois State Police indicated that the accident occurred near Pesotum in the early morning, and blocked the eastbound lanes of I-74 until late into the afternoon. The accident occurred when a semi-truck was driving in the left lane attempting to pass another semi-truck when an extreme crosswind hit his rig, and he turned against the wind into the median. The truck driver broke through the cable barrier of the median and hit two eastbound vehicles head-on.
The other two vehicles were also trucks. One was an Illinois Department of Transportation pickup truck. The other was a FedEx semi-truck. Police reported that all of the victims had to be cut out of their trucks by emergency responders. Three of the men suffered minor injuries, and one, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered serious injuries.
Unfortunately all too often we read about people who have been seriously injured because they did not use a seatbelt. Our attorneys wish to stress the importance of wearing seatbelts at all times. According to the National Safety Council, commercial drivers, pick-up truck drivers, and males in rural areas are among the groups who are still less likely to wear their safety belts. The men in this accident fit all of these categories, and one of the four was not wearing a belt and unfortunately suffered serious personal injuries. While we cannot predict the negligence of others, or how another driver will react in bad weather, we can take extra steps to protect our own health and safety by always buckling up. Wearing a seat belt can change a fatal or serious accident into one where someone suffers only minor injuries.
Our attorneys care not only about preventing accidents, but in promoting the safety and well-being of everyone in our Illinois community. It is for that reason that we advocate for the rights of injured plaintiffs and have achieved numerous fair and just verdicts and settlements for our clients.