Most often we blog about and discuss motor vehicle and truck accidents in and around the City of Chicago. Chicago is a large geographic area with a high volume population. This means there are many vehicles on the road at any given time, including people traveling in their cars, large semi-trucks en route on business, taxi cabs transporting people downtown, and CTA buses carrying commuters. However, it is not just the city of Chicago itself that is high density in population, and as a result motor vehicles, but the entire area of Chicagoland as whole is a high population and busy traffic region.
While Chicago may be the largest city in Illinois, the nearby southwest suburb of Aurora is second largest in the state, according to Newsmax. In fact, several cities in close proximity to the Chicago area all have populations in the hundreds of thousands, which means there are millions of motorists on the Chicagoland roads every day. Our firm represents clients throughout the state and region, including those in Kane County, and are proud to have recovered the largest settlement ever recorded in a Kane County wrongful death case.
For this reason our attorneys feel that it is important to discuss, not just the dangers of traffic in Chicago itself, but in the suburbs too. According to a recent article by CBS, the city of Aurora has reported its 10 most accident-prone intersections. Just through the end of August, the city reported 360 crashes in these intersections alone. The intersection that ranked at the top of the list – Route 59 and Liberty Street – experienced 51 crashes. This intersection is a popular shopping destination, near many big-box and grocery chains, as well as a large local area shopping mall. The next most accident prone intersections, in respective order are Eola Road and Aurora Road/Indian Trail Road, Frontenac Street and Ogden Avenue/U.S. Route 34, Galena Boulevard and Orchard Road, Ogden Avenue and Illinois Route 59, Eola Road and Ogden Avenue, Eola Road and New York Avenue, Eola Road and Liberty Street, Indian Trail Road and Lake Street, and Farnsworth Avenue and Molitor Road. What is especially alarming is that the majority of these intersections are in very close vicinity to one another, some just blocks apart.
Factors that put Route 59 and Liberty Street at the number one spot include heavy traffic volume and construction and many instructions. In addition, there is a major problem with distracted driver, including drivers talking on phone or texting while driving. Our attorneys urge all drivers to practice safety by being vigilant to the road at all times. Taking our attention away from the road to talk on the phone or text is negligent. All drivers have a legal duty of care every time they get behind the wheel to be safe and not put others in danger through recklessness. When accidents occur as a result of these types of willful reckless behavior, like distracted driving, they are preventable and never should have occurred. Through legal action, victims can prove in a lawsuit that but for the negligent wrongdoer’s behavior, an accident would not have occurred and injury would not have been suffered. In this way, victims and their families can hold negligent drivers accountable for their dangerous distracted driving and prevent others from causing harm in the future.