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On January 30, Chicago experienced its second-coldest day in recorded history. With a high of 10 degrees below zero, the freezing temperatures prompted school and work closures throughout the city. For commuters in the greater Chicago area, the dramatic lowering of temperatures is a genuine cause for concern. While driving at extreme temperatures is always accompanied by a certain amount of risk, there are a few simple steps you can take to lower the chance of a motor vehicle collision

Driving Safely in Freezing Temperatures 

When driving in temperatures below freezing, it is important to act with extreme caution. Adjusting your driving habits to the inclement weather and preparing for potential hazardous scenarios can make all the difference in ensuring the safety of you and your family.

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Chicago car accident lawyer nighttime driving safetyRecently, on the night of July 29, 2018, six tragic, fatal injuries occurred in motor vehicle collisions throughout the city of Chicago. One accident occurred when a woman was ejected from her motorcycle. Another accident occurred after two teenagers crashed on the Far South Side; both teens were killed. The only connection among these fatal accidents is that they all occurred in darkness.

According to the National Safety Council, the risk of fatal motor vehicle collisions is three times higher at night than in the daytime. Despite the fact that far fewer drivers drive during the night that at daytime, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that approximately 49% of all traffic fatalities occur at night. If you plan to drive in hours of darkness, practice extreme caution.

Staying Safe While Driving at Night 

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Waukegan personal injury attorney, driving safety, driving safety tips, self-driving cars, distracted drivingIn a society driven by constant technological advancements, our nation’s roadways continue to change. Today, GPS systems do our navigating, and fleets of self-driving cars are heading into the marketplace in hopes of doing our driving too. Many technological developments have altered our society for the better; still, that has not always been the case with regard to travel. Smartphone technology continues to distract drivers, and now it seems even self-driving cars are running into problems.

On Sunday, March 18, a self-driving Uber vehicle struck a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. The driver of the car placed the vehicle in self-drive mode and averted his eyes from the road. By the time the driver directed his eyes back to the road, it was too late. The self-driving car failed to notice a pedestrian crossing the road. The pedestrian was fatally injured.

The tragedy calls into question the general effectiveness of the newly implemented technology. Yet more than that, it serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of traveling, both as a driver and pedestrian. If you or a member of your family are injured in an automobile collision, contact our experienced team of Waukegan personal injury attorneys immediately to discuss your case and your options.

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black ice car accidentsIn the midst of a comfortably warm winter, uncomfortable road conditions continue to plague drivers throughout the country. Dips below freezing and corresponding rises back into the mid to high 30s continue to negatively impact road conditions. In the state of Illinois, black ice has become a lethal threat.

Less than six weeks into the new year and already a number of fatal crashes have tragically occurred throughout the state. In one of the worst driving days in recent memory, black ice caused upwards of 130 vehicular crashes across Illinois on Wednesday, January 24. According to Chicago’s ABC7, three of the collisions proved fatal.

If you or a member of your family are involved in a vehicular collision this winter season, contact an experienced Lake County personal injury attorney today.

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driving during the winter, driving safety tips, Wheaton car accident attorneys, car maintenance, winter drivingDriving during the winter seasons comes with many risks. Slippery roads, snowstorms that can inhibit visibility, and freezing temperatures can all contribute to the occurrence of traffic accidents. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, about 800 Americans died annually in car accidents that were caused by winter weather conditions. However, there are steps you can take to ensure your and your family’s safety while traveling during the winter:

  1. Keep your car maintained. Before the winter season even begins, take your car in for a tune-up and oil change. Have your mechanic check your tires and consider investing in snow tires. Make sure the exhaust pipes are not clogged with mud, ice, or snow. Blocked exhaust pipes can cause carbon monoxide gas to fill the vehicle.

  1. While you should generally avoid driving while tired, under stress, or emotionally upset, you should take extra care to do so when you driving in the snow.

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