Disaster Declaration issued in advance of winter storm; high risk of Chicago car accidents

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers published information here about winter driving safety to start the winter driving season. Earlier this month we posted Chicago winter driving tips on our Car Accident Lawyer Blog. And in December, we posted safety tips regarding the dangers of black ice in Chicago.

This winter is shaping up to be one of the toughest in recent memory in Illinois, throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast. On Monday, the Illinois Department of Transportation issued a disaster declaration ahead of what is expected to be the worst storm yet this season.”The entire Midwest region of the country is expected to be hit with a serious winter storm over the next few days, and it is important that we are prepared so that Illinois residents are safe and warm in the days ahead,” said Governor Pat Quinn. “We will be increasing efforts to make sure that our roads are clear and that our most vulnerable residents are staying indoors and staying warm.”

The state has activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield, which will be manned around the clock for the storm’s duration. Those who do not have to travel are encouraged to help reduce the number of Chicago car accidents and emergency calls by staying put and remaining indoors.

“We’re working closely with local emergency management officials throughout the state to monitor conditions and be ready to provide whatever assistance they may need,” said Joe Klinger, interim director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). “But it’s also important that people prepare themselves for this storm by stocking their homes with food, water, flashlights, radios and other necessities.”

Motorists can check the conditions of Interstates by calling 1-800-452-4368 or by visiting www.gettingaroundillinois.com and clicking on Winter Road Conditions.

Neighbors and friends are also encouraged to check on older adults. The Illinois Department of Aging and the Illinois Department of Human Services will also be working around the clock.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in the Chicago area, contact Abels & Annes for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call (866) 99-ABELS. There is no fee unless you win.

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