Blog readers likely have noticed that a common trend in local car accident reports is that they frequently occur in areas of the road where traffic slows. This is particularly true on highways. Of course, many drivers have experienced the feeling of cruising along a highway at a particular speed only to be forced to slow suddenly. The cause of the forced slow zone often include rush hour build-up, back up from a previous accident, or set points like toll areas.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported yesterday on an Illinois car accident that fit that common model-strking in an area toll zone. A 42-year old man was driving a Dodge van southbound on Route 60 near a toll gate. He was in the left lane-usually reserved for faster cars or passing cars. However, the man suddenly came upon a Tollway emergency vehicle that was stopped in his lane. The man was unable to slow down in time and instead slammed into the vehicle.
The van driver was taken to a local hospital, but did not survive the crash. Two men in the emergency vehicle suffered minor injuries but are expected to recover.
The emergency vehicle was actually in the area to respond to a previous minor accident near the same toll both involving a semi-trailer. In that way, the situation involved two common factors in so many local car accidents-a toll zone and a previous accident.
Understanding the common situations that lead to deadly Illinois car crashes is the first step in working to eliminate them. Our Chicago injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti encourage all area drivers to remember these danger zones when behind the wheel. At the very least, all travelers should understand that they could be forced to slow down at any moment, often unexpectedly. Even a split-second better reaction time could be the difference between an accident and a near-miss.
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