Every year, Lollapalooza returns to Chicago and draws upwards of 160,000 people to Grant Park. The music festival draws residents and visitors of all ages and all musical interests with acts representing alternative rock, metal, EDM, hip hop, rap, pop, to name a few.
The three day festival kicks off this morning and will run through Sunday night and this year’s celebration is expected to be huge. Major headliners for 2015 include Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Florence + the Machine with dozens of other performers taking to the numerous stages in Grant Park throughout the weekend. Add in countless autograph signings, numerous Chicago area food vendors, and promotional tents and it is unlikely that anyone attending Lollapalooza will be bored.
While in Grant Park, those enjoying the festival will be able to walk around without the threat of motor vehicle traffic or other safety hazards. But when it comes to arriving at and leaving downtown, issues may arise and may lead to pedestrian accidents and car collisions that can lead to injuries.
With more than 100,000 extra pedestrians flocking to downtown Chicago this weekend, all those attending Lollapalooza should consider their safety as should those who will not attend but who will be in the downtown area. Based on our experience, we recommend keeping the following tips in mind:
– Consider Using Public Transit: Downtown is likely to be chaotic in the areas surrounding Grant Park, including portions of Michigan Avenue. Some roads are closed and others may be so congested that they will be impassible. If you will be in downtown Chicago – whether or not you are going to Lollapalooza – think about taking a bus, train, taxi, or other form of public transportation so that you can avoid the hassle of driving in the city.
– Anticipate Wayward Pedestrians: Many who will be in Chicago this weekend will be unfamiliar with the city and its layout. They may not realize when pedestrian traffic signals allow them to walk and when they are prevented from doing so. As a result, all drivers should anticipate pedestrians crossing the street with little or no warning as they work their way towards Grant Park. Be prepared to stop quickly and expect the unexpected if you are driving.
– Travel During Less Popular Times: If you do not have to be at your destination at a specific time, think about taking to the roads when pedestrian traffic will be lighter. Immediately before gates open in the morning and after the closing acts finish at night will be times of significant walking traffic that will make it difficult for others to get around town. Avoid congestion if possible to limit the chances that you will be involved in a collision.
The personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. hope that all those in Chicago have a safe and fun weekend. However, if tragedy strikes and you are involved in a pedestrian crash or a car accident, know that we will have a licensed 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. We offer all injury victims a free case consultation without obligation when they call us and we always keep everything discussed during a case consultation completely confidential.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we believe in fighting for those who have been injured and we want to fight for you. Call us now and let us help you get the relief you need for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages you sustained.
Prior Blog Entry:
Train, Semi-Truck Collide in Addison, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published July 30, 2015.