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Bridge Construction Could Mean More Congestion for Chicago Drivers

For many people working in the City of Chicago, the most stressful and hectic portion of their day is not between the hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Instead, many metro-Chicago residents get their daily dose of stress navigating the hectic commute to and from work every day. Unfortunately for some, that manic Monday commute just got a little more chaotic.

Earlier this week Chicago officials announced that the Wells Street Bridge will be closed to motorists and pedestrians beginning Monday morning in order to begin a twelve-month reconstruction project.

The Chicago Department of Transportation said that the bridge, which opened in 1922, is in need of complete rehabilitation. While officials say they aim to preserve its original appearance, the bridges railings, bridge houses, steel framing, and electrical components will all be replaced. (Chicago Tribune)

For the many Chicagoans who find themselves in this area for their daily commute, a year long construction project could mean even more congestion, as southbound motorists and pedestrians will now be rerouted to the LaSalle and Clark street bridges.

Road construction or not, congestion is one of the primary reasons why big cities are among the most dangerous places to drive in America. In the most recent Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report, Chicago was ranked as the fifth most dangerous big city in the nation, with drivers being 30% more likely to experience a collision than the national average.

For most people who deal with Chicago traffic on a normal basis, this probably comes as no surprise. On any given day there are hundreds of thousands of people going to and from work on the streets of Chicago. This could explain why the majority of the 2.4 million yearly urban accidents in our country occur during the peak of the morning and evening rush hours. The hustle and bustle of city driving is just as dangerous for those on foot, with 73% of all pedestrian fatalities in the United States occurring in an urban setting. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; Highway Loss Data Statistics)

When it comes to driver and pedestrian injuries, the most common reason for an accident is a driver failing to obey traffic signs and signals. The city is full of people hurrying from one place to another, and our Chicago Accident lawyers know that impatient drivers can translate to reckless driving.

Urban accidents can seriously injure those involved. Often, victims are forced to take valuable time to recover, leaving them unable to earn money or pay medical bills.

At Levin & Perconti, our aim is to get you and your family the money you need to pay medical bills and regain a normal way of life. Our lawyers have experience dealing with all types of car accident claims, and a history of winning for our clients. Recently, our firm reached a $2.07 million settlement for a 23-year-old woman after she suffered multiple leg fractures from an auto collision.

If you think there is a way our experience can help you or your family, please learn more about what we do by visiting our website, or call us for a free consultation.