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Here in the greater Chicago area, the average annual snowfall is around 36 inches. During winter, roadways throughout the state are regularly plowed. Snowplows help keep our highways and streets safe, but driving near them can cause a dangerous car accident.

On February 10, a man was fatally injured when a vehicle collided with a state snow plow. The driver of a Chevrolet Malibu lost control of his vehicle due to poor driving conditions and crashed into a snow plow truck that was parked on the edge of I-294. The back-seat passenger, a 20-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. If you see a snow plow near you on the road, it is important to know how to react. 

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Lake County personal injury attorney, rear-end collisions, whiplash, winter weather driving, car crash injuriesIn the Chicago area, as the holiday season approaches, adverse driving conditions come with it. Shorter days can result in limited visibility, which can be especially problematic during the rush hour commute home from work. Additionally, lower temperatures can lead to snow, ice, and other hazards on the road.

While there are steps that drivers can take to increase their own safety during winter time driving, such as equipping their vehicles with snow tires and leaving extra space between themselves and other drivers, the bottom line is decreasing visibility and traction can result in an increase in rear-end collisions.

Often times, these seemingly minor collisions result in serious injury—whiplash, head trauma, and broken bones. If you or a loved one are injured in a rear-end collision this winter, it is important to contact an experienced Lake County personal injury attorney.

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Illinios auto accident lawyer, Illinois car crash attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,All across the nation, drivers must brace themselves for snow and icy weather conditions when the winter season rolls around. Similar to driving in rain, fog, or other conditions that limit visibility and create hazardous situations, driving in winter weather can significantly increase your chances of experiencing a car accident. Thankfully, there are a number of actions you can take to prevent a collision when snow season strikes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests every driver take the following precautions before venturing out onto the highways when winter weather conditions are present:

1. Schedule your car for maintenance. 

Accident prevention begins with the start of the winter season. Before snow begins to fall and icy weather begins to pick up, schedule your car for complete service and have a proper tune-up. Ensure your windshield wipers, tires, and brakes are in good working order, and have anything else repaired that needs attention. Breaking down is never fun, but it is especially dangerous when driving on ice or in snow.

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,Car accidents are all too common throughout the year, but fatality rates spike during the winter months from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. More cars than ever are on the road with families driving out of town to visit friends and family for the holidays, and often during the worst weather of the year. Holiday parties also often involve alcohol, and many drivers fail to take precautions to avoid buzzed or drunk driving.

Holiday Season Car Accident Injury and Fatality Rates

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that monthly fatality rates peak in the last quarter of the year, and the two of the four deadliest days on the road include December 23 and December 24. The number of motor vehicle fatalities are typically higher in the six holiday periods of the year, including Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Posted on in Car Accidents

Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,Although winter has not yet arrived, experts say that now is the time to winterize your vehicle. This helps to ensure that you and your family are ready and safe, long before the winter season arrives. Not sure what to do? The following provides information on how you can winterize your vehicle and reduce your risk of an auto accident this winter season.

Start with Tires and Brakes

There are a number of important steps to winterizing your car, but your tires are arguably one of the most critical. This is because your tires are your contact with the road. They help to ensure you can grip the slick road surfaces. So start by checking your tire tread. You should be able to insert a penny into the grooves, head down, and not see the face anymore. Anything less than that and you should consider adding a new set of tires to your list of purchases – preferably winter-weather tires. If you cannot afford winter tires, make sure you have chains for when the road gets extremely slick. You should also check tire pressure since colder weather can cause you to lose some of the air.

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