Winter weather has caused the Chicago roads and expressways to become more dangerous than usual. The recent snow, rain, and below freezing temperatures have made our roads slippery and often unpredictable where ice and slick spots are not visible, particularly at nighttime. When drivers do not exercise the extra caution needed during these conditions, they make themselves and others on the road more susceptible to motor vehicle accidents.
Dangerous winter weather roads do not negate the duty drivers owe to others on the road. When we get behind the wheel of a car, we are still just as liable for other drivers no matter how bad the weather. In fact, when the weather is worse, we are more liable because poor conditions indicate that we have knowledge that we should be driving with extra caution than normal. Where a driver is negligent through reckless driving or being careless or distracted on the road and causes injuries or death to another, that driver can be held legally accountable for their actions.
According to CBS Chicago, the Illinois State Police are currently investigating a crash that occurred on the Chicago Kennedy Expressway. The driver, spun out and hit the wall while driving on icy road conditions on I-90/I-94 in Chicago. The crash took place in the northbound lanes near Division Street.
As Chicago plunged into record-breaking freezing temperatures this past week, it was imperative that drivers took extra caution while driving. Our roads became icier and more slippery than usual, so it was important that drivers slowed down and allowed themselves extra time to reach their destinations. Driving too fast on icy roads increases the likelihood of collisions and injuries to others on the road.
While it does not appear that this accident was the fault of another driver, our firm hopes to stress to reads that driving slow and cautiously on snowy and icy roads can save lives and prevent injuries. If you have seriously injured in an accident where another driver was negligent by driving recklessly in bad weather conditions, you may be able to hold that other driver liable. By driving too fast or following too closely, that other driver could legally be deemed the cause of your injuries and financial losses. Call or e-mail us for a free consultation, and one our lawyers will be happy to help determine if you have a legal cause of action and whether you can file an accident lawsuit to hold wrongdoers liable so that you can be compensated for medical bills and lost wages.