Abels & Annes

Winter Weather Accidents Possible as Chicago Sees Snow, Ice

1315.jpgChicago drivers were fortunate in the late part of 2014 with few winter storms hitting the city. Without the normal blanketing of snow and ice, few winter weather accidents were reported and fewer people than average were injured as a result.

Now that the year has turned to 2015, though, drivers across Chicago awoke to new snow and wintery conditions across the city’s roads and expressways, leading to some dangerous conditions and an increase risk for crashes. As the morning progressed, the snow gave way to freezing rain, trapping some of the previously accumulated snow on the roads and causing other areas to become very slick.

Through the early morning hours, several weather-related car accidents were reported on the expressways in and around Chicago but fortunately, none had caused serious injuries. There were several spin-outs and several other instances of vehicles leaving the road’s surface due to the conditions. Some motorists involved in these instances needed medical assistance but none was believed to be in critical condition or facing life-threatening injuries.

Today’s weather is a reminder that winter comes to Chicago every year, even if it may seem like it is delayed. This weather can complicate many aspects of daily life but commuting and traveling are two that are at the forefront of the minds of many – bad weather and incoming storms can make travel hazardous and can cause anxiety to those who drive. While common belief indicates that the weather can cause accidents, the truth is that winter conditions often contribute to a collision but rarely are the sole cause. Instead, snow, icy, and sleet may combine with the actions of a negligent driver to cause a car accident in Chicago or across Illinois.

Any time a collision happens, those involved are at risk for injuries that may range from the minor to the severe. It is unfortunate that those who make no mistakes while driving may be the ones who suffer and even worse that nothing can take away that victim’s pain. Nonetheless, relief may be possible through the use of a civil claim for damages, a type of relief that is the right of a victim to bring and that can enable that victim to obtain financial compensation. Relief may cover the cost of medical bills incurred, future medical expenses necessary, lost wages, rehabilitative care, pain and suffering, and other damages that you incurred. As each case and each accident is unique, you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney if a collision has affected your life or claimed your loved one.

At the law firm of Abels & Annes, P.C., our team of dedicated attorneys focus exclusively on claims for injury victims who have been hurt by others, including the victims of winter weather car accidents. We believe in fighting for the rights of those we represent and if you have been involved in a crash, we want to fight for you.

We have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and to provide you with a free case consultation regarding your accident and your legal options. There is no obligation on your part and everything discussed will be kept confidential so do not wait – if we can help you, call us now and let us fight for the relief you deserve.

Prior Blog Entry:

Drunk Driver Arrested on New Year’s Eve Traveling at 99 MPH, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published January 2, 2015.

Resource:

Snow causes air travel delays, cancellations, by Rosemary Regina Sobol, Chicago Tribune, published January 3, 2015.