If you live in or around Chicago, I don’t have to tell you that it’s been raining. If you are a duck or a blade of grass, this is great news, but that is only because neither one of them has to commute to work. Yesterday morning, flooding closed the Edens Expressway and forced the shut down of the McHenry branch of the Metra Union Pacific Northwest line. Torrential rainfall has also led to flooding throughout many of Chicago’s northern and northwestern highways and streets, creating significant problems for drivers. Research has shown that roughly one-fourth of all motor vehicle accidents happen during adverse weather conditions, and with over 6 million of them occurring in the United States each year, that’s a lot of crashes. With the 5-day forecast showing 3 days of potential rainfall, our lawyers want to remind you to always drive cautiously, and give you some quick tips to driving in adverse conditions. (Chicago Tribune; Science Daily; The Weather Channel)
Rainfall can cause all sorts of problems on the road, and these kinds of conditions are particularly common during the stormy summer months. Visibility distance can be cut significantly, and car tires are less able to grip the road and brake, leading to higher instances of spinouts and rear end accidents. All in all, nearly 850,000 injuries occur annually because of wet pavement and rain, but some of these accidents can still be avoided. Many drivers, especially the ones that live in the Midwest, know that they need to practice caution in snowy or icy conditions, but a good amount of drivers overestimate their cars ability to handle the rain. It is just as important to control your speed and maintain a safe following distance in the rain as it is when driving in any other kind of adverse condition. Staying a step ahead of everyone else on the road will dramatically lower your chances of being involved in a car accident, especially in the hustle and bustle of highway driving. These things sound simple, but they really can be the difference between getting from point A to point B safely, and ending up in the emergency room. (U.S. Department of Transportation)
Our lawyers have dealt with hundreds of personal injury cases, involving everything from car accidents to medical malpractice. Together, our attorneys and staff bring over 150 years of legal and medical experience to the table, and that is the experience you need when filing a car accident injury lawsuit. If you have to drive in rainy and wet conditions, remember this article, and know that if you should ever be injured in an auto accident, we are always happy to help you get the compensation you deserve.