It is no secret that Illinois roads, particularly those in and around Chicago, are busy at all times of day and night. With so many drivers on the roads, motor vehicle accidents are more likely due to congestion. However, these accidents are even more likely to occur when people do not practice safe driving and engage in negligent and reckless behavior.
According to a recent news report by the Chicago Tribune, a 35-year-old man died when his car crashed into a construction pickup truck. The accident occurred on Interstate 57 in the Chicago south suburb of Markham. Reports indicate that the man was driving south on the interstate when for an unknown reason he veered and hit the unoccupied truck that was on the left side of the highway. The accident occurred near 159th Street around 12:50 a.m. in the morning. No one else was injured in this collision, but the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
While the reason for this collision is unknown, it is important to discuss several factors in accidents that occur at night. For one, as we have discussed before, driving while fatigued is extremely dangerous and also negligent. Seeing as this accident happened around 1 a.m., it may be possible that this driver was tired and unable to properly drive. When drivers are fatigued they can easily nod off behind the wheel. Even a moment of inattention from fatigue can result in veering off the road and ending up in a deadly accident.
Secondly, this article did not indicate whether this particular driver was under the influence, but our lawyers always feel that it is important to discuss drinking and driving as these are accidents that frequently occur late at night or early in the morning after people have been out at parties or a bar scene and have consumed alcohol. Not only is driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol a crime, but drivers are choosing of their own volition to endanger themselves and others around the road. When someone chooses to drive after consuming alcohol, their reflexes are greatly slowed and impaired. Therefore, they cannot react in emergencies nor have the judgment of space and speed on the roadways.
Our attorneys remind readers that when a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle that they are accepting a responsibility and legal duty to maintain safety on the roads and not be the cause of injury to others. When this occurs, they can be held liable for negligence in a lawsuit. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another, it is in your best interest to speak to a legal professional. Through action, victims may be able to obtain compensation for financial burdens and legal suffering they would not otherwise have incurred but for the accident and negligence of another. Our firm is happy to speak to you in a free consultation, so give us a call today.