Car accidents and collisions due to slick roads and icy conditions in Chicago are all-too-common and can be quite devastating. These types of accidents can often be avoided through slow, careful driving and awareness of road conditions and other drivers in the area. When a collision does occur, however, determining liability, especially in treacherous weather, can be quite difficult. You deserve an experienced accident and personal injury lawyer to represent you and make sure your rights are protected.
Responsibility for a car accident, even in adverse weather, comes down to two things: negligence and liability. In most instances, negligence occurs when someone acts or fails to act in a way that is contrary to reasonable behavior. For example, it is generally considered unreasonable for a person to drive 30 MPH over the speed limit, and doing so could easily be seen as negligent behavior. In poor weather conditions, such as a winter snow storm, the potential for negligence may be even higher. While driving just 5 MPH over the speed limit might not normally be seen as grossly unreasonable, doing so during snow that causes a white-out would be considered far more reckless.
Driving from store to store in Chicago can be a bit treacherous during the holiday season, so slow down, take a few extra minutes to drive safely, and watch out for other drivers who fail to do so. Defensive driving becomes very important during the winter months when snow, slush, and ice can make roads very dangerous. Make sure you drive at a speed that lets you control your vehicle, be aware of road conditions, and watch out for other drivers who might be stressed out, tired, or intoxicated.
Chicago winters are cold, icy, and beautiful, but driving can become intimidating and overwhelming. One of the best things you can do as a driver in winter is give yourself extra time to get where you are going. If you would drive to work in 20 minutes in summer, give yourself 30 or 40 minutes to get there in winter. You might be early, but it will let you drive slowly and carefully as necessary without feeling like you need to be in a rush. Driving at a speed that lets you maintain control of your vehicle is crucial when dealing with snow and ice on the roads.
The winter holidays are some of the busiest times of the year for travelers, with millions of people driving short and long distances to be with family and friends. In Chicago, this can also be an especially dangerous time to be a driver, since wintery conditions from snow, ice, and slush create numerous hazards that can result in accidents and injuries. With a little preparation and care, however, you can get ready for the holiday traffic and keep your loved ones safe.
Even though driving involves hurling thousands of pounds of metal at very high speeds along potentially narrow streets, among dozens of other drivers performing the same task, long-term vehicle operation can lead to complacency. It is easy to forget just how potentially dangerous the simple act of driving can be, and so people begin to take it for granted. Once this occurs, the potential for distraction increases, and certain distractions are far more common than others. Read the rest »
In 2014, rear-end collisions accounted for about 29% of traffic crashes in Illinois, far more than any other type of accident. By contrast, head-on collisions made up less than 1% of crashes, while collisions with parked vehicles and turning crashes combined accounted for about 26% of cases. Rear-end collisions are, by far, the most common types of accidents throughout Illinois, which makes it very important to understand what kinds of injuries often result from such crashes, and what to do if you have suffered an injury as a result of a collision. Read the rest »
If you have been in a vehicle collision, then the first thing you should do is contact emergency services and seek medical attention for yourself and anyone else who may have been injured in the crash. Once you have done that however, your next call should be to an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help protect your rights and ensure that the insurance companies do not manipulate you to avoid paying what they owe. Read the rest »
The Pokémon Go craze has seen thousands of gamers hit the streets all across the nation. But can this augmented reality phone app actually cause harm? Apparently it can. There have already been a number of cases in the U.S. where Pokemon fans have been playing the game while driving, leading to accidents and injury.
A recent late night accident along South Lake Shore Drive left 5 people injured and multiple vehicles destroyed, including a CTA bus. The collision took place near the 3200 block of South Lake Shore Drive, in the Douglas neighborhood. Chicago Police responding to the scene found several cars damaged, some even overturned. Investigators believe the chain reaction started when a Hyundai Sonata traveling southbound slammed into the parked bus. This caused three other nearby vehicles to lose control. One, an Infiniti SUV, ended up on its side.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the driver of the Hyundai was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where his condition eventually stabilized. The driver and passengers of the Infiniti SUV were treated and eventually released. Authorities are still unsure what caused the car to hit the bus in the first place, or how the other vehicles became entangled in the collision. Chicago PD is still investigating the scene. Read the rest »
Just how dangerous is it to drive in the snow? According to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia, it is quite hazardous. “It’s no different than taking shelter from the tornado; staying home might save your life,” said one of the study’s authors. The study compiled crash data spanning the past several decades from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It attempted to determine exactly how many lives have been lost to winter travel. In total, over 30,000 Americans have lost their lives since 1975 in snow related accidents.
A vast majority of American counties included in the study had fewer than 50 accidents during the winter months. The national average came out to roughly 12 per county. However, there were nearly 20 counties nationwide that had over 100 fatalities during the past 36 years. Not surprisingly, Cook County Illinois had the highest number of deaths. Nearly 500 Chicago area residents have died in car accidents where winter weather played a factor. Read the rest »
One person was taken into custody and five others were hospitalized with life threatening injuries following an automobile accident in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood of Chicago.
As reported by ABC 7, the collision happened early Friday morning near Cicero and Armitage Avenues. One vehicle struck another as the two cars were heading south on Cicero, sending both into a CTA bus stop before finally coming to rest along the sidewalk. Debris from the collision smashed the front window of an appliance store nearby. Two people riding in the cars involved in the accident were taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital. Three people injured on the street were transported to Stroger Hospital. Read the rest »