Cook County and Chicago Area, Illinois car and truck accident attorneys could be busy over the next weeks after heavy snow falls. Traffic times are terrible and vehicles are sliding all over the roads. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has issued multiple warnings to be very careful on the roads and to leave yourself additional time to get where you are going.
It took me close to 2 hours to travel from downtown to the North suburbs in yesterday’s commute and it took me 90 minutes to get downtown today (and I left for work at 5:45 am).
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The Illinois State Police is reporting that yesterday there was a 7 car pile up on Interstate 90 just west of Plaines that was caused when a Chicago resident pulled over in the far left land to wipe snow from his windshield. A Palatine resident was injured and taken to Alexian Brothers Hospital. No other injuries were reported.
I am guessing that there will be multiple reports of accidents in Northern Illinois as snow continues to fall.
Pedestrians need to be very careful as well. I receive a lot of phone calls after snow falls in Chicago regarding people slipping and falling throughout the Cook County area. Many do not realize that the fact that you slip, fall, and injure yourself on someone’s property does not automatically make a case. Landowners are not responsible for slips and falls on natural accumulations of ice and snow. However, they can be responsible for negligent snow removal or unnatural ice and snow conditions on their property. Call us if you have been injured in a Chicago Area slip & fall and we can let you know if you have a potential premises liability case.
Pedestrians should also be very careful in crosswalks. Illinois drivers often have really bad visibility in the heavy snow.