The lake-effect snow has finally hit Chicago, and late this morning it brought a heavy blanket to cover the north side. Yes, that’s right, it’s a white Christmas in Chicagoland. For anyone who happened to move to the city in the midst of its record 300-day snow drought I hope that today’s whether proved that I wasn’t lying, and that there really is snow in the northern Midwest.
As soon as the snow arrived, so too did reports of slick roadways and cars spinning out. These lake-effect snow showers could be here throughout the day and into Wednesday, but large-scale accumulation is unlikely. Either way, it is now more important than ever to review the dangers posed by adverse conditions, and how you can keep yourself safe on Chicago and Illinois’ winter roadways.
Poor weather-related driving conditions are directly associated with nearly 7,000 fatalities, 800,000 injuries, and 1.5 million property damage-crashes every year throughout the United States. Bad weather is a contributing factor in 28% of total crashes and 20% of highway fatalities. Additionally, the economic toll of weather related crashes is estimated at nearly $42 billion. (National Research Council)
Many drivers recognize that the snow and ice can cause pose serious hazards, but underestimate when they are most dangerous. A rainfall in the evening in Chicago can easily become black ice by the morning commute, and melting ice and snow can create wet roads that wreak havoc on unsuspecting motorists. This can cause cars to lose the traction that keeps their passengers safe, causing them to spin out, slide into barriers, and get into severe car accidents.
When driving your car during this time of year, it is important to slow down, and practice more caution than normal to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe. Keep some extra space in between you and the car in front of you, and plan ahead by driving defensively and giving yourself more than enough room to react and recover between losing control and getting into a dangerous accident.
Our lawyers have a wealth of experience aiding clients and their families in the aftermath of car accidents caused by driver error or negligence. Recently, our team of attorneys settled a record $6.5 million trucking accident settlement for the family of a 32-year-old woman killed after being rear-ended by a truck driver.
While no amount of money could ever remedy the loss of a loved one, compensation can help families cover funeral arrangements, deal with insurance and medical costs, and ensure that they would not be further crippled due to the negligent and reckless actions of another motorist. If you or a loved one has experienced a serious injury, please call us to find out how we can help you too.
Our lawyers would like to urge you to be safe and have a wonderful Holiday and winter season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!