A deadly Illinois car accident struck on a local highway early this morning according to reports in the Chicago Tribune. Police explain that the car accident occurred shortly after midnight in the southbound local lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway.
A 34-year-old local driver was in the stretch of highway near the 63rd Street exit when he attempted to change from the far left lane to the far right. While doing so, he misjudged the speed of a car in front of him and rear-ended the vehicle. The collision sent both cars into a nearby guardrail.
Unfortunately, the driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. He suffered devastating injuries in the collision and was rushed to a local hospital. However, there was nothing that medical professionals could do, and he was pronounced dead a few minutes after arrival.
This latest Chicago car accident reveals the importance of keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you. This common sense tip is even more important when it comes to traveling on the highway. Higher speeds mean that it takes more time and more distance for vehicles to slow down and come to complete stops. There is nothing that can be done to change the rules of physics. It is vital to plan ahead in case the vehicle in front of you stops without warning. The only way to do that is to give yourself enough room to bring your vehicle to a complete stop in time.
Our Illinois injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti urge all area drivers to keep a safe distance when following another car and to be on the lookout for fellow drivers who do not heed that warning. So many tragedies continue to strike on our roadways where a negligent or reckless driver takes the life innocent travelers nearby. If you see a driver disregarding safe practices it is best to avoid being near them on the road as much as possible. If you or someone you know does happen to be injured because of the driving mistakes of another, please contact our office and learn how we can help.
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