Watch Out for Illinois Trucking Accidents During Summer Construction Season

Chicago residents usually countdown the days until warm weather arrives. Summertime offers a bevy of new activities for area residents to get outdoors and shake off the winter doldrums. Dinner on outdoor patios and lounging near Lake Michigan are all possible once the warm season arrives. With the temperature change, however, also comes the start of many road construction projects that were stalled in the winter.

While the construction will create many needed changes that will improve road safety in the long term, the fact remains that construction zones are often rife with Illinois truck accidents. It is important that all travelers be aware of the locations of these zones and prepare accordingly.

The Chicago Tribune recently published a report that summarizes many of the upcoming road construction projects that will begin on area roadways.

For example, Interstate 80 will be widened to three lanes in the stretch between Route 45 and Route 30. I-80 will also be filled with workers performing basic resurfacing work and checking bridges for safety. U.S. Route 30 will also be widened to three lanes in a section near Mokena and New Lennox south of the city. These are only two of a variety of road construction projects that will begin both within and between many local cities and towns.

The start of these construction projects means that traffic is going to build up in many different areas across our area. All construction zones usually lead to temporary lane closures and speed reductions. However those lane mergers and slow-down areas remain real risk spots for Chicago car accidents and truck accidents. It is important for all drivers to become accustomed to the change areas and remain on the lookout for other drivers who may not be so careful in the construction zones.

Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti have decades of experience working with all those injured in trucking crashes, including those related to road construction work. Unfortunately there is no way to completely insulate oneself from the hazards of the road, because there will always remain a risk that a less careful driver will cause you to get involved in an accident. If that occurs, get in touch with an Illinois personal injury lawyer to ensure that your losses are covered and legal rights preserved.

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