I think we can all agree that this Chicago winter seems to be never-ending. What’s worse, is that the weather conditions have been especially treacherous for drivers. Every day the news is filled with reports about snowy or icy conditions causing serious personal injuries or deaths to Illinois drivers and passengers.
Recent reports by WICS in Springfield and Decatur bring more unfortunate news of winter related car accidents. Images showing the snowy and icy landscape also show images of wrecked vehicles and debris-filled roads. Last week, a car and a semi-truck collided in a fatal crash at the intersection of South Grand Avenue and Dirksen Parkway in Springfield. Police reported that the car was driving eastbound when it was struck by the semi-truck in the intersection, killing a passenger in the car. Further investigations are still being done to determine the overall causes of this collision.
In all types of weather conditions, but especially during the winter months, it is imperative for drivers to employ safe driving practices and abide by their legal duty to not pose dangers to others on the roads. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has several key pieces of advice for winter drivers on its website that are good reminders for everyone living in Illinois.
First, be prepared for winter. Make sure your car is in its best condition by making sure it has working parts, paying attention to any mechanical issues before weather sets in, and checking on the battery. Keep emergency materials and supplies on hand in your car, including jumper cables, a flashlight, blankets, and warning devices like flares. Keep your phone charged and with you in case you need to call for help in an emergency situation. If you must drive during severe weather, have your route planned, and allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. In addition to being prepared, you must also take all measures to protect yourself and your passengers. Make sure that everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt. Put children in appropriate child protective car seats. Finally, use caution and safe driving practices to prevent motor vehicle accidents. Decrease your speed and keep a longer following distance than usual between you and cars in front of you. In icy conditions, it takes longer to come to a stop and to avoid rear-ending another car. Lastly, never drink and drive, and always have enough rest before getting behind the wheel of a car.
Our lawyers care about the safety of members of the community and stress that everyone be as safe as possible on the roads. Unfortunately, we understand that we cannot control the negligence of others on the road, but we believe you should not have to suffer as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing and lack of caring for the well-being of others. Motor vehicle accidents can result in serious personal injuries, which are costly to victims and families, especially in regards to medical bills and lost wages from time away from work. We may be able to help you recover your financial losses by filing a lawsuit to help you obtain compensation. Call us for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you recover your financial losses.