Illinois is known for its serious winters. This is not just limited to Chicago though. All throughout the state winter weather can affect communities making roads much more hazardous as the snow falls and temperatures drop. It is no surprise that winter weather makes driving conditions much more dangerous. That is why it is imperative to use caution when driving in such weather. When drivers are negligent to their duty to be safe drivers, they can cause a motor vehicle accident that results in personal injuries to themselves and others on the road.
According to one recent article by the News-Gazette, winter weather caused a number of truck accidents in central Illinois. According to the article, Illinois State Police were on the scenes of multiple crashes that resulted in personal injuries and lane blockages on Interstate 57 in Champaign and Douglas Counties and on Interstate 74 in Mahomet. Authorities also relayed that the highest concentration of slide offs and accidents were between Tuscola at milepost 212 and Champaign at milepost 237, and on I-74 near Mahomet. At milepost 217 southbound, there was a jack-knifed truck tractor-semi trailer and another crash on I-57 at milepost 220. Recent freezing rain covered the roads with ice, and made driving conditions both difficult and dangerous.
As with any major weather event, authorities warned motorists to use caution when traveling on the interstates. In snowy or icy conditions, it is important to avoid unnecessary lane changes, which often cause a loss of control of a vehicle and use caution when traveling near the scene of an accident so as to not cause additional accidents and to keep those involved in the accident as safe as possible. Vehicles need to move over and slow down for emergency vehicles at these scenes.
Our attorneys understand that every time a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle that they are accepting a responsibility to be a safe driver. This means driving with caution so that others on the road are not harmed by negligence. Where a driver acts recklessly or negligently, and their behavior causes a motor vehicle accident, they can be liable for the injury their actions caused to others. That is why it is important that drivers remember that the roads are not just theirs, but roads are something we all share, and as they are shared, so is the responsibility to keep them safe.
Our attorneys urge everyone to use caution, especially as the temperatures may jump around causing freezing rain, black ice, and overall slippery conditions. However, even if you are as cautious as possible, there are still going to be others that share the road with you who will not be. If you suffer injury from an accident due to one of these individual’s negligence, you may be able to hold them accountable through a lawsuit. Call our law firm for a free consultation, and we would be happy to speak to you in a free consultation and potentially help you with your case.