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Beware of Distractions While Driving Over Event Filled Weekend in Chicago

What do you get when you take a World Marathon Major, a sold out football game, and a Columbus Day parade, and schedule them all in the same three day period?

Figure it out yet?…Time’s up!

You were probably expecting the answer to be something along the lines of: “A fun, action packed weekend with family and friends!” But come on, this is a car accident blog, you should know better than that by now.

Well… okay so this weekend should be pretty fun, but for the sake of this blog, another possible answer is that you get a pretty congested network of roads and highways in and around Chicago this weekend.

Notre Dame’s sold out meeting with the Hurricanes at Soldier Field is expected to draw thousands of fans to the city, and Sunday’s running of the 35th annual Chicago Marathon will add nearly 50,000 runners from over 100 different countries to the list of city visitors. Finally, the Columbus Day parade on Monday will produce further noticeable increases in traffic around town.

This weekend’s huge influx of people means more cars on the road, some of them very unfamiliar with city driving. In addition, the various vendors and events designed for these visitors offer many chances to become distracted while driving.

Our lawyers at Levin & Perconti know the distractions that come with weekends like this, and want to remind you to stay especially alert this weekend, and to keep an eye out for cars and pedestrians alike when in the city. Additionally, if you will be travelling the City by foot or attending one of these events, you have a responsibility as a pedestrian to obey traffic signals, cross at appropriate crosswalks and avoid distractions such as talking on the phone or texting.

Being aware and using proper caution is one of the easiest ways you can significantly lower your chances of being involved in a car accident.
However, even when exercising all necessary caution, and trying to do everything right, you can’t always guarantee safety, especially on weekends such as this.

According to the most recent statistics collected by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, distracted driving accounted for more than 416,000 injuries in 2010.

Distracted driving accidents can have serious repercussions, leaving victims out of work, and safety net to help them pay their bills. When you are injured by the negligence of another driver, you deserve the reassurance of knowing that someone is there to fight for you.

Our lawyers will work with you to ensure that you are compensated for your medical bills, insurance costs, and future expenses, and will hold those responsible accountable for their actions, allowing you to focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another drive, or you think you may have a case, please call us at 877-374-1417 for a free consultation. We can help you take the next step, and give you the piece of mind you deserve.

On behalf of Levin & Perconti, we would like to wish our readers and their families a safe and fun filled weekend!