Last week, in Yorkville, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, multi-vehicle crash occurred resulting in personal injuries to one victim involved. The vehicles involved included several pickup trucks and one semi-truck, according to ABC 7. The accident occurred along Illinois Route 47.
The Illinois State Police determined that the driver of one of the pickup trucks caused the accident by running a stop sign. The pickup truck was “t-boned” by the semi-truck, which resulted in another pickup truck crashing. Additionally, due to harsh winter conditions, freezing fog was covering the area at the time. This created low visibility. State and local officials are still investigating the accident.
Because fog adds low visibility to the already slippery winter roads, accidents are more prone to occur. The Weather Channel reported on data analyzed by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration from 1995 – 2008. Every year in the United States, there are 1.5 million weather-related vehicle crashes, such as those from wet, snowy, or icy roads. However, fog plays a major factor in motor vehicle accidents. Every year, fog causes an average of 38,000 of these crashes. Of these 38,000 crashes, 15,600 individuals are injured and 600 people die due to fog-related crashes. The Weather Channel puts this into perspective by explaining that fog-related accidents claim more lives each year on average than the death toll from 2011’s most destructive tornadoes (553 deaths). Therefore, fog is especially dangerous for those on the roads, especially when negligent and reckless behaviors come into play. According to the same article, the American Automobile Association reported that most fog-related accidents resulted from drivers who knew the road very well but were driving too fast and speeding. Driving too fast results in drivers having to make sudden stops and follow too closely, which if done in foggy conditions, are difficult to do safely and without collision.
Winter weather, particularly fog, creates especially hazardous driving conditions. Such conditions require extra caution from drivers. When drivers lack this caution and are negligent, accidents are even more likely to occur when there is such low visibility and slippery road conditions. That is why it is imperative that drivers use caution on the road. Drivers should reduce their speed, avoid sudden stops, and keep a longer following distance between cars than usual.
If you have been the victim of a motor vehicle accident where a driver has not exercised the needed caution in foggy conditions, you may have a case against that driver for their negligence and your resulting personal injuries and hardship. At our firm, our Chicago accident attorneys have a combined 130 years of personal injury litigation experience and knowledge. With this talent and dedication to clients, our firm has continually achieved verdicts and settlements in the multimillions for clients’ personal injury cases. Call our firm for a free consultation, and we can help you determine the best course of legal action for you to take.