Chicago Weather-Related Auto Accident Lawyers
Representing the Victims of Weather-Related Auto Accidents
Unsafe weather conditions are among the top causes of Illinois auto accidents. Illinois weather conditions can reach extreme levels and wreak havoc on Illinois roads. Winter months bring snow, sleet and ice and the summer months bring thunderstorms, flooding and tornados.
When weather conditions are less than ideal, driving can become dangerous and auto accidents can occur, resulting in serious injuries or even death. It is important for drivers to take additional care and follow safety precautions when driving in less than ideal weather conditions. When a driver fails to take appropriate and necessary safety precautions for the particular weather conditions, he or she may be held liable in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit for any damages, injuries, or deaths that occur as a result of an auto accident.
The skilled Chicago auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law have significant experience representing victims of auto accidents, including those accidents that occurs as a result of poor weather conditions and unsafe road conditions.
Safety Precautions when Driving during Winter Months
The Illinois Department of Transportation recommends that drivers to take the following precautions during winter months:
- Slow down and increase following distance.
- Watch for stalled or abandoned vehicles.
- Watch for slick or icy areas on roadways, especially under bridges, on overpasses or in shaded areas.
- Accelerate slowly and brake gently.
- If you start to skid, ease off the gas or brake pedal, and steer into the direction of the skid until the vehicle regains traction.
- Pass snow plows with care.
Safety Precautions when Driving during Summer Months
During the summer months, more people take to the roads by car, truck, rented vehicle, or bicycle. Moreover, road construction is a common occurrence during summer months. The following are safety precautions that drivers can taken when driving during summer months:
- Slow down or pull over during thunderstorms.
- Pay attention and obey road signs, including construction zone speed limits.
- Make sure to turn on your headlights when it is raining.
- Avoid driving if conditions are ripe for a potential tornado. Never attempt to outrun a tornado. Seek shelter, if possible. If you are unable to find shelter, get out of the vehicle and lie in a ditch or other low-lying area away from the vehicle.
- Always wear a seatbelt.
- Make sure that your vehicle is properly maintained. Check fluid levels when the engine is still cold. Have engine hosts, belts and tires inspected.
- Be cautious of the potential for flash floods. Do not drive through a roadway if you are uncertain of the depth of any water standing on the roadway.
If you have been involved in an auto accident as a result of poor weather conditions, contact the experienced Illinois auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law (800) 442-6546. We have the knowledge and skill necessary to evaluate the accident and determine whether another party may be liable for any damages or injuries sustained as a result of the weather-related accident.