The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) periodically compiles reports regarding the rate and circumstances surrounding accidents in the state. Most recent statistics indicate that Chicago car accidents can result in serious injuries to drivers, pedestrians, and bystanders. The IDOT reports that most fatal accidents occur on dry roadways; however, this may be related to the lower number of drivers on the road during inclement weather.
Despite the statistics, it is clear that winter weather conditions pose significant hazards to motorists. For example, a recent news report described a harrowing accident that involved a driver skidding on ice. According to police, a 42-year-old driver was driving her SUV when she skidded while turning east. The SUV slammed into a curb and flipped over, colliding into a fence before finally stopping. Two of the passengers were taken to a hospital, and two other passengers refused medical treatment.
It may be unrealistic to expect Illinois residents to avoid commuting in winter weather conditions. However, drivers should understand the different types of weather and how to adjust their driving to accommodate the conditions. Long and harsh winters involve cold temperatures, strong winds, ice, snow, and foggy conditions. Cold fronts, especially when temperatures dip below freezing, can affect how a car operates. During these times, tire pressure can fluctuate, and fuel efficiency can vary. Drivers should ensure that their tire pressure is at the appropriate level and their fuel tanks are filled. Strong winds can cause a vehicle to sway and become harder to maneuver. Similarly, icy conditions can make a vehicle harder to control, especially, when black ice is involved. Finally, snow can cover lanes and traffic signs, causing drivers to enter wrong lanes or ramps, inadvertently.
It is essential that drivers understand that Illinois road conditions can change quickly. As such, it is critical that drivers, ensure that their vehicles are in proper working conditions and abide by inclement weather traffic rules. If a driver does not engage in safe driving, they may be liable for accidents and injuries that their negligence causes. Negligent drivers may be responsible for damages to their passengers, other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians.
Have You Suffered Injuries in an Illinois Accident?
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in an Illinois car accident, you should contact the attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. The attorneys at our law firm have experience successfully resolving all types of personal injury cases on behalf of injury victims. Our law firm handles claims stemming from Illinois car, truck, bus, boat, and bicycle accidents. Additionally, we represent clients in their claims involving defective drugs, dog bites, insurance disputes, and instances of medical malpractice. The attorneys at our law firm appreciate the complex nature of these cases, and ensure that our clients receive individualized attention and a personalized strategic approach to their claims. We have recovered substantial amounts of compensation on behalf of our clients. Compensation in these cases typically includes payments for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and funeral and burial expenses. Contact our office at 312-924-7575, to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at our law firm.