The snowfall and cold air on Monday led to a big problems on the road for the evening commute. Due to the afternoon rain and slushy snow, dangerous black ice accumulated on Chicago area roadways as temperatures dropped into the 20s.
According to NBC Chicago, the Palatine and Barrington fire departments were called to several crashes on the Dundee Road Bridge over Route 14, where at least two people were injured. Icy roads were also a problem in Joliet. 13 cars were involved in a pileup on the Cass Street Bridge shortly after 6 p.m. In this crash, two people were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries.
Additional crashes were reported within that same hour on the Jackson Street, Ruby Street and McDonough Street bridges, all involving multiple cars. The outbound Edens Expressway was shut down at Lake Avenue due to serious accident involving a motorcycle, and the outbound Stevenson and inbound Kennedy expressways experienced big delays.
The Department of Streets and Sanitation had deployed 45 trucks at 2 p.m. in order to salt the city's main streets as well as bridges, hills and overpasses.
During the inter months, drivers can experience tough driving conditions. All drivers are required to exercise reasonable care when operating their motor vehicles. This includes adjusting behavior to accommodate inclement weather conditions. AAA offers several tips for driving in snowy and icy conditions. They recommend driving slowly due to the fact that it takes longer to decelerate on an icy road. It is also important to accelerate and decelerate slowly, which is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Also, don't stop if you can avoid it, know your brakes, keep your tires inflated and do not use cruise control while driving on any slippery surface. Finally, AAA recommends that, if you don't have anywhere you need to be, stay home in bad weather. Even if you think you drive fine in the snow, it doesn't mean everyone else does.
Winter is a dangerous time for drivers, and if you were injured due to another person's negligence, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Our Chicago auto accident attorneys are prepared to help with with your legal options following your Chicago area car accident. For more information regarding your rights following an auto accident, contact an experienced Chicago car accident attorney from Nemeroff Law Offices for a free consultation – 312.629.8800.