It’s now officially fall in the Windy City. Naturally, when Midwesterners think of autumn and winter vacation spots, Chicago is usually right in between Alaska and Antarctica on the list of places to catch some sun.
In an effort to cement that spot, last night Mother Nature teamed up with the National Weather Service to inform the Chicago area of one of its earliest frost arrivals in recent memory. The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that only Cook County was left out of the frost advisory, which was in effect from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. this morning.
A frost advisory goes into effect when temperatures are expected to fall to between 32 and 28 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the Weather Service, the average arrival of the first frost in Chicago is Oct. 15th, making yesterdays warning one of the earliest since 1995, when a September 22nd frost set a still standing record.
So what does this mean to you? Well, other than finally being able to throw those ugly sweater parties that you and your friends have been planning since June, the first frost in Chicago also means more driving hazards.
Our accident attorneys have seen their fair share of harsh Chicago winters. Chicago can be susceptible to extremely bad road conditions; additionally, the lake effect, with wind, rain, and sleet blowing off the water, can make for some of the worst winter commutes in the country.
Every year, over 1,500,000 accidents occur during adverse weather. On average these accidents result in more than 7,000 deaths, and almost 650,000 injuries. To make matters worse, bad weather such as snow, ice, and fog create an estimated 544 million vehicle hours of delay per year. (U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration)
Winter makes vehicles less able to perform by reducing crucial elements like tire traction, visibility, and possibly most importantly, driver patience. When these proper safety features and respect for the elements is lacking, some of the worst accidents can occur.
The fall and winter months, especially in the Midwest, are a time to exercise as much caution as possible when driving. It is important to take your responsibility as a driver for the safety of yourself and everyone else on the road seriously.
Our lawyers know that bad accidents happen to safe drivers all the time, and when a driver is injured due to the reckless or negligent actions of someone else on the road, we are here to provide them with the means of getting the compensation they deserve.
Our team will work for you to make sure those responsible for reckless and negligent accidents are held accountable for things such as medical bills and future medical costs.
If you think that you may have a case, give us a call at 877-374-1417 for a free consultation. Levin and Perconti’s 130 years of experience is here to help you, regardless of the weather.