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Greater Chicagoland Witnesses Extreme Winter Weather in Early February

Posted on in Car Accidents

Illinois Personal Injury Attorney

Over the past few days, Illinoisans have been abruptly reminded that it is in fact winter. After a recent trend of rather warm weather, the greater Chicago area was pounded by nearly a foot of new snow. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was forced to cancel upwards of a thousand flights over the weekend of February 9- 11. While accidents piled up on roadways throughout the Midwest, we were all reminded just how drastic winter weather can be.

If you or a member of your family are injured while driving this winter, please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable and compassionate team of personal injury attorneys to discuss your case and options.

Tips for Driving in Snow

While driving in high levels of newly fallen snow is a dangerous proposition altogether, there are a few simple tips that can help to ensure drivers make it to and from their respective destinations safely.

  • Limit Your Speed: When driving in the midst of winter road conditions, it may be wise to avoid driving as quickly as the maximum speed limit posted would suggest. After a large snowfall, roads can be covered in ice that buried beneath the snow, and the heavy snow can steer your vehicle in unpredictable directions. Keeping your speed to a minimum, especially while directing your vehicle around curves in the roadway, can keep all passengers safe.
  • Know the Weather: As Illinoisans, we all need to be prepared for drastic changes in the weather, as well as road conditions. With that in mind, it is wise to check for winter storm warnings every morning before you leave for work. Knowing the forecast can help make your travel decisions for you. Additionally, sometimes it is best to stay home when the weather and road conditions are treacherous.
  • Make Sure You have Maximum Visibility: If you wake up on a work morning and realize that there was a large snowfall the night before, your vehicle may need some cleaning up. When getting ready for the morning commute, it is wise to be diligent. Make sure all of your windows and windshields are cleared of all snow and ice. If you are commuting early in the morning or later in the afternoon, make sure that all of your lights are cleared. This includes your brake lights. You want to ensure other vehicles see you just as clearly as you see them.

Contact an Illinois Personal Injury Attorney Today

Even when practicing extreme caution, ensuring visibility, and understanding the weather patterns of your area, accidents do happen. If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle accident this winter, please contact an experienced Lake County personal injury attorney today.




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