The Chicago Tribune reported this week on an Illinois car accident on Interstate 290 that injured three individuals, including two construction workers. The construction zone accident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. on Monday in the westbound lanes of the Eisenhower Expressway.
Police report that a 32-year old man was traveling on the highway near Route 83 in Addison when he suddenly drove onto the left side shoulder of the road in the middle of a construction zone. As a result, his minivan slammed into an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) truck and then spun around before hitting a second IDOT truck.
The minivan driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. The man was flown to a nearby hospital in serious condition. Two construction workers were also injured, though none of their injuries appeared life-threatening. Citations against the negligent driver were pending.
This accident reveals that very reason that traffic laws are different in construction zones. The lives of IDOT workers are on the line when drivers fail to use proper caution in these areas. Drivers who flaunt work zone speed limits are usually hit with substantial fines, beginning at $375 dollars. Repeat offenders are subject to a $1,000 fine and loss of license for 90 days. Anyone who hits a worker in one of these areas is subject to a $10,000 fine and up to 14 years in prison for their conduct.
The Illinois State Police Director explained that “As the work zone season is well underway, we want to remind motorists the importance of slowing down and staying alert when workers are present.”
Our Chicago car accident lawyers know that a price cannot be placed on the life of a life. Construction workers deserve to have a safe environment in which to work to improve our transportation system. There is never an excuse to disobey the laws put in place in these areas.
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