CBS News reported on a tragic car accident last week that took the life of a 17-year old girl. Initial reports indicate the road and weather conditions likely caused the accident.
The young victim was the passenger in a car driven by her best friend. While traveling on a local road during the afternoon, the car hit an ice patch and spun out of control. The errant car spiraled into oncoming traffic. The driver was injured and the 17 year old passenger was killed in the wreck.
The girl’s mother suggests that the county should have done a better job treating the roads. She explains, “Yes, it definitely could have been prevented. I blame the state. I blame the county. They needed to make the roads safer for the public.”
Spokesmen for the country claimed that the roads were treated more than once in the usual manner to ensure their safety. They are investigating to determine if more should have been done.
With the winter in full swing in our city, new challenges will face drivers in their attempt to remain safe on the road. With cold weather typically comes snow and ice. Chicagoans are used to dealing with an abundance of both for the several months when cold weather descends upon the area. Yet no matter how experienced city drivers may be with tough conditions, many often fall victims to weather-induced accidents.
Our Chicago car crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti encourage all drivers to take the extra precautions necessary to drive carefully in the winter months. The usual methods apply: steady speeds, not driving too closely, use of safety belts, and the like. Also it is vital for drivers to ensure that their car is kept in proper working order so that the cold and extreme weather does not damage the machine and cause a car accident.
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