Black Ice and Snowfall Causes 17 Car Accidents on Chicago Expressway

It was unseasonably beautiful in Chicago this weekend, but according to weather reports, this may be the last of our warm weather for the year. As we approach the holiday season, temperatures continue to drop, and sooner than later Chicago will be covered in snow.

According to Chicago Police, Monday night’s black ice and a light snowfall caused “a ton of crashes” in metro Chicago, including a fatal collision along the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway. (Chicago Tribune)

The Cook County medical examiner’s office reported that a 42-year-old man was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to the hospital yesterday morning. Reports indicate that the man initially struck a vehicle on the freeway, but was fatally injured by another passing vehicle once he left his car.

Illinois State Troopers said they had to close certain areas on the expressway due to the heavy accumulation of ice, and are urging drivers to mind their speed when passing accidents or vehicles parked on the shoulder. According to a Master Sergeant patrolling the Chicago area toll roads, authorities responded to 17 accidents in just over an hour Monday night, far exceeding the usual 1-2 accidents during that time span.

Every year about 670,000 injuries and 7,500 deaths result directly from car accidents. Nearly 25% of all car crashes in the United States are weather related, and the vast majority of these are the due to wet or icy pavement. Perhaps the most dangerous roads of all are the ones covered in black ice, which blends into the asphalt and is extremely difficult to see at night. Drivers must be especially careful in winter road conditions, and drive as safely and responsibly as possible. (Science Daily)

The dangers of reckless and negligent driving are amplified during this time of the year, and this is one of the reasons why 70% of all winter fatalities occurred on icy roads in 2010.. Injuries from winter crashes can be extremely debilitating, and often causes one or both of the primary providers of a household to lose their ability to work and earn income for their families. (Ice Road Safety)

The weeks after being injured in an auto accident can be very frightening and stressful. Victims have to worry about whether their insurance will cover current and future medical bills and expenses, and navigate the long road back to a normal life. Our lawyers have made a name for themselves recovering more than $400 million in settlements for our clients, and we will work to help you seek justice for the harms caused by the careless mistakes of others.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to the negligence or reckless actions of another driver, you and your family may be entitled to compensation. If you think you have a case, you can call our lawyers for a free consultation, or visit our Do I have a Personal Injury Case? page for more information about pursuing legal action.

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