Earlier this week, the Chicago Tribune reported an Illinois car accident involving an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) worker and a car driving in McHenry County. The accident occurred during morning traffic, when a sedan driven by an elderly man hit the IDOT worker. The IDOT worker was immediately taken to the hospital, where he was declared dead.
Our Chicago accident lawyers remind readers and clients of the importance of safe driving in work zones. Driving in work zones can be a confusing task and unfamiliar signage, lane change requirements, and extra traffic make it extremely important to pay close attention to the road . We encourage all drivers to read over tips provided by the Illinois Tollway. These tips include avoiding all possible distractions in order to stay focused and alert on the road. This will allow you to read road signs and understand where the zone starts and ends. It is also important to follow the reduced speed limit, driving slowly regardless of if the IDOT workers are there or not. Tailgating is dangerous regardless of if you are in a work zone or not, so it is imperative to avoid that at all times.
All drivers should be reminded that there are costly fines and severe penalties for hitting workers, so all drivers should watch carefully for all types of workers. According to the Illinois Tollway, “the minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone is $375, regardless of whether there are workers present or not. The Move Over/Slow Down Law requires motorists to slow down or move to the next available lane when approaching emergency or highway maintenance vehicles with flashing lights”.
According to the article, police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident, and charges are pending for the driver who caused this tragic car accident in McHenry County. Our Illinois car accident attorneys have successfully handled many cases like this one and note that it is important for motorists on the road to stay focused and alert, to protect themselves, other motorists, IDOT workers, and all pedestrians on the road. If you have been a victim in an Illinois car accident, or have lost a loved one, please contact our Illinois injury attorneys to see how we may help you.