One of the risks of highly congested roadways is that even small accidents often ensnare many other drivers into the car crash. Highways filled with many cars filling up three, four, and five lanes of traffic are particularly apt for multi-vehicle accidents. The human injury and property damage often reach shocking levels in those events.
ABC Local News reported on one of those major Chicago car accidents that struck this evening. Reports indicate that 19 people were involved in a multi-car crash on the outbound Kennedy expressway. Specifically, the accident occurred in the express lanes of the highway near the Montrose exit. The myriad of vehicles involved in the crash means that it is difficult for police to piece together exactly what occurred.
Little is currently understood on the exact cause of the crash. However, early reports indicate that icy roads may have played a role. Wet snow falling rain, and windy conditions combined to create a dangerous driving situation.
What is known is that over a dozen people were injured in the incident. Six of them seriously, included two children. They were taken to local hospitals where their exact condition remains unknown.
Our Illinois car accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti urge drivers to take all possible precautions when traveling on snow-covered, icy roads. To minimize the danger it is vital that drivers ratchet down their speed, ensure that visibility is accounted for, and confirm that their vehicles are in proper working order. Small steps can be the difference between arriving at a destination or a catastrophic accident.
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