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How to Drive Safely in Fog

How to Drive Safely in FogFog is a thick, low-lying cloud formed as the air cools and condensed water droplets form. Although most commonly found along the coast, you can experience fog in Illinois during times of temperature fluctuation and especially along the lake.

Typically worst in the morning and at night, fog reduces visibility to below 1km (about .63 miles.) The best way to avoid the dangers of driving in fog is to avoid morning and evening trips. But if you do have to drive in the fog, keep these safety tips in mind to reduce your risk of getting in an accident.

Slow Down

Driving at posted speed limits in fog is dangerous. Your visibility is compromised, so slow down. Giving yourself more time to stop is the best way to avoid accidents in the fog.

Use Low-Beams, Not High-Beams

The water droplets in fog reflect and spread light. High beams can affect your visibility—and that of other drivers— by reflecting light. Your low beams and fog lights will not reflect light back at eye level but will help keep the road in front of you visible.

Stay Alert and Ready for Anything

Reduce distractions, and roll down your window to listen for cars if you can’t see them. Pull over if your visibility is so low that you can’t see the road. Drive with extreme caution and only when you have to.

Remember; it’s not just you out there in on the road. Other drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and even wild animals can increase your risk of getting in an accident. To make matters worse, factors like fog and ice can potentially make determining liability more difficult.

You should speak with an attorney if you’ve been injured in an accident. A knowledgeable Arlington Heights auto accident attorney can help you through the complicated process of filing an insurance claim, establishing liability, and seeking fair compensation for your losses.

Fall in Illinois is beautiful and meant to be enjoyed. Don’t let fog and inclement weather keep you from enjoying a drive. Keep the above tips in mind when driving through the fog to keep yourself and others on the road safe.

 

If you’ve recently been in an accident and want compensation for your losses, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

 

 

How to Keep Your Car Road Ready as the Seasons Change

How to Keep Your Car Road Ready as the Seasons ChangeAs summer winds down, many of us look forward to the beautiful foliage, back to school activities, and upcoming holidays, all of which can have us out on the road. To make sure your fall activities are safe and fun, consider these tips for getting your car road ready as the seasons change.

Check Tire Pressure

Checking your tire pressure is important whenever temperatures fluctuate. Check pressure before road trips and regularly when the tires are cold to ensure proper readings. Always keep tires full for optimal performance.

Check Tire Tread

The tread that got you through the summer might not be adequate when the roads get wet and slippery. Check your tread and consider winter or all-weather tires for when the weather takes a turn for the worse. You might also want to check for uneven wear and rotate your tires for safer handling.

Test Your Lights

As road and weather conditions change, so will your visibility. Check your lights to ensure they are working properly and are bright. Keep spares in your car for emergencies.

Do Routine and Preventative Maintenance

While it’s best to keep your car in tip top shape year round, it’s especially important when the leaves drop and weather becomes unpredictable. Check windshield wipers, fluids, and your battery.

Create an Emergency Kit

If you already have an emergency kit, now’s a good time to replenish it and make sure you have it tailored for colder weather. Include items like emergency blankets, non-perishable food, water, and first aid supplies. When falls starts turning into winter, also include chains and an abrasive material—like cat litter or sand—to help you if you get stuck in the snow.

The carefree days of summer are coming to an end, and fall is right around the corner, which means more risk and poor road conditions. It’s especially important to make sure your car is outfitted right in fall because of added factors like children going to and from school, wet leaves, and leaf peepers, which can all increase your risk of getting in an accident. Make sure you make any necessary repairs and follow the above steps to ensure your car is road ready as summer turns to fall. And, if you are involved in an accident, work closely with an experienced Arlington Heights car accident attorney to ensure you receive all the compensation you deserve.

 

If you’ve recently been in an accident, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

 

How to Safely Enjoy the Fall Foliage

How to Safely Enjoy the Fall FoliageThe best time to view fall foliage in Illinois is mid-to late October. During this time, expect to see distracted leaf peeping out of towners on the road. Unfortunately, many locals dread this time of year because these distracted drivers not only slow your commute, they can cause accidents as well.

It’s no wonder locals find leaf peepers a nuisance. Slowing down, failing to signal, or stopping on a through way—easy to do when trying to catch a glimpse—are dangerous and frequently cause accidents.

Tips for Safe Viewing

To ensure you can enjoy the fall foliage in Illinois safely, follow these tips.

Be Aware of the Risks

When drivers are distracted by nature in all its glory, they can put other drivers on the road at risk. Drivers viewing the leaves commonly drive slower than traffic and often make driving maneuvers without properly signaling. Stay alert so you can recognize distracted drivers, and give them plenty of room, so you can quickly and safely maneuver around them and avoid collisions.

Know the Rules

The Illinois rules of the road handbook provides guidance on what to do when someone is blocking a lane or driving unsafely. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these rules, so you know the legal—and safe—action to take when dealing with negligent drivers.

Be Cautious When Driving on Leaves

After that first rainstorm, expect to see some of those beautiful leaves on the street. Although they make for beautiful pictures, wet leaves are slippery and cause accidents by obscuring the road. Drive slower on leaves, and turn with caution.

Help When You Can

You can also contribute to keeping our roads safer during fall foliage season by helping people from out of town locate the best areas for viewing leaves and the safest pull out spots.

Leaf peepers aren’t the only risk you’ll face on the road this fall. Deer in mating season, more kids out due to school, and leaf debris on the road can all contribute to accidents. So, follow the tips above and stay safe when viewing the beautiful foliage this fall!

 

If you’ve recently been in an accident and want compensation for your losses, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

Enjoying Oktoberfest in Illinois

 

A Fall Tradition

 

Oktoberfest is a tried and true fall tradition celebrated across the U.S. and Europe. In Illinois, the festivities start around mid-September and continue into October. Oktoberfest began as a celebration of the fall harvest. But contemporary Oktoberfests are full of good food, good beer, and good friends for a fun way to kick off fall.

 

Oktoberfest in the Area

 

We’ve compiled a list of Oktoberfest events in the Northwest suburbs of Illinois so you can easily plan when and where to celebrate. Oktoberfest in Illinois is typically family friendly. Many feature activities for the kids along with the traditional beer and brats we’ve come to expect from this Bavarian tradition.

 

Palatine Oktoberfest: 9/15-9/17

 

Palatine’s Rotary Club hosts this event, which is free to the public. Family friendly and fundraising, this festival is filled with activities to keep everyone entertained.

 

Arlington Heights Autumn Harvest Fest: 10/7

 

While not a true Oktoberfest, this is definitely one you will want to check out. The autumn fest will feature hayrides, face painting, food, and a scarecrow-building contest. The Village’s Special Events Commission and the Park District put on this event.

 

Mount Prospect Oktoberfest: 10/13-10/14

 

Featuring all the expected elements of Oktoberfest—like beer and a German band—the Mount Prospect Oktoberfest is sure to please even the most traditional festivalgoers. Kids can enjoy pumpkin decorating, hayrides, and trick or treating Saturday afternoon as part of Fall Fest.

 

A Note of Caution

 

Attending Oktoberfest and other fall festivals can be a fun and safe activity. But because beer is the traditional drink du jour, there is always the potential for drunk driving and the dangers that come with it. Driving under the influence is illegal and can cause fatal auto accidents. Choose a designated driver or use public transportation or a rideshare service if you are going to drink alcohol. And, as always, keep an eye out for intoxicated drivers when on the road.

 

If you are involved in an accident with a negligent driver, speak with an Arlington Heights personal injury attorney. You have a right to fair compensation from the liable party. A knowledgeable attorney can help you file a claim or a suit, so you are properly compensated for your losses. Otherwise, we hope you have a fun and safe Oktoberfest this fall.

 

If you’ve recently been injured and are seeking compensation, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

 

 

When on Two Feet or Two Wheels, Auto Accidents Can Be Catastrophic

When on Two Feet or Two Wheels, Auto Accidents Can Be Catastrophic

In cities, growing suburbs, villages, and small towns across Illinois, more and more people are biking and walking in the face of rising fuel costs and the drive toward more eco-friendly means of transportation. Unfortunately, until infrastructure catches up with this trend, not every thoroughfare is pedestrian and bicycle friendly, putting those who forgo the car commute at a greater risk of being hit while on the road or in crosswalks.

 

Auto accidents involving bicyclists or pedestrians tend to result in serious—even catastrophic—injuries. When up against more than a ton of metal, the human body stands no chance. Some pedestrian and bicycle accidents are fatal, which begs the question of what can we do to increase the safety of biking and walking both immediately and long term.

 

This increasing safety risk is not lost on many suburban cities, towns, and villages. The village of Arlington Heights has taken steps to implement a revised Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which includes safety measures to reduce the risk pedestrians and bicyclists face. Neighboring areas like Palatine, Mount Prospect, and Buffalo Grove have taken similar steps.

 

The plan revision builds upon existing efforts to help the Village of Arlington Heights gain Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Bicyclists and make the entire village more walkable and less car-dependent. Steps such as mapping bikeways, implementing safer crosswalk beacons, increasing bicycle signage, and improving sidewalk safety are meant to reduce the risk of accidents.

 

Regardless of who has the right of way, pedestrians and bicyclists should always exercise extreme caution when on sidewalks or roads. Distracted motorists often fail to see pedestrians and bicyclists, and indeed this is a common contributing factor to accidents. To reduce your risk of getting in an accident, make sure you are visible at all times, and try to make eye contact with motorists when crossing the street. Many pedestrian and bicycle accidents result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities, so take appropriate precautions whenever near or on the road. And, as always, look, listen, and be aware no matter your mode of transportation.

 

If you’ve been in an accident as a pedestrian or bicyclist and were injured, speak with an experienced Arlington Heights pedestrian and bicycle accident attorney. If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have a right to fair compensation for your losses. And we understand those losses could be substantial if you’ve been hit by a car. An attorney can help you determine who is liable and seek compensation for your losses.

 

If you’ve suffered injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

Who’s to Blame? Identifying Liability in Trucking Accidents

Who’s to Blame? Identifying Liability in Trucking AccidentsTruck drivers face many hazards when they get behind the wheel. Not only does driving a freight truck require a high level of skill, focus, and endurance, truckers have to keep their cool despite extensive blind spots, frequent mechanical issues, and many hours on the road. These elements make trucking one of the toughest—and most dangerous—jobs. Not surprisingly, there are around 500,000 truck and large bus crashes a year with over 4,300 proving fatal.

 

Accidents involving commercial trucks tend to be more serious than ones involving just passenger vehicles. The sheer weight of a truck upon impact can leave a passenger vehicle devastated and the driver with catastrophic injuries.

 

Trucking accidents also tend to be more involved because the liability isn’t always straightforward. Is the driver liable, or the employer? Does the owner of the truck face liability? What if another company improperly loaded the truck and that caused the accident?

 

As you can see, liability in trucking accidents can be complicated considering the numerous factors at play, and every trucking accident is different. Generally speaking, however, several parties could be found liable for a truck accident.

 

Any person or company involved in getting the truck out on the road could potentially face partial or full liability, including the driver, the driver’s employer, the owner of the truck, the manufacturer of the truck, or even the person or company that loaded the truck or equipped it for the road. But to get a clearer idea of who is liable for your injuries, you need to speak with an experienced Arlington Heights trucking accident attorney about the specifics of your case.

 

If you’ve been injured in a commercial trucking accident, you have a right to compensation from all liable parties if you were not at fault. Speak with an attorney if you’ve been involved in a trucking accident. In these types of cases, the sooner you get an attorney involved, the more he or she will be able to help you. Truckers are subject to both State and Federal Department of Transportation regulations, meaning you need an attorney who is familiar with these to parse out exactly who is responsible and to what extent. You will also need an attorney who knows what pieces of information need to be gathered and from whom to prove liability.

 

Sharing the roads with truckers puts all of us at risk. So, report unsafe driving, stay aware of their blind spots, and give them plenty of space while on the road to reduce your chance of getting in a trucking accident.

 

If you’ve recently been injured and are seeking compensation, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

Safety First! … Wear a Backseat Seat Belt

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Did you know: nine out of ten American front seat car passengers report wearing a seat belt in the front seat? However, according to a new study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the same cannot be said for backseat passengers.

The IIHS surveyed a group of adults regarding their seat belt habits. Most adults said they understood the importance of always wearing a seat belt in the front seat. However, the study showed that adults believe the back seat is safer. Therefore, adults buckled up less often in the backseat. According to the IIHS, “4 out of 5 surveyed…say short trips or traveling by taxi or ride-hailing service are times they don’t bother to use the belt.” In total, only 72% of the adults surveyed reported wearing a seat belt in the backseat. 91% wore a seat belt in the front seat.

The Common Misconception: The Back Seat Is Safer

The backseat being safer than the front seat of a vehicle is a common misconception. Seat belts matter regardless of where a person sits in a vehicle. Over half of the people who die in vehicle crashes in the United States every year do not wear their seat belts. If you have been involved in an accident with another car with individuals who did not wear their seat belts, contact the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. today. While many believe they should wear seat belts to protect themselves from injury, all riders should wear seat belts.

According to the IIHS study, when a backseat passenger does not wear a seatbelt during a collision, that unbelted passenger “can slam into the driver’s seat, pushing the driver into the airbag and steering wheel with a 35 mile per hour impact.”  Jessica Jermakian, an IIHS senior research engineer and a co-author of the study, states “in the rear seat a lap/shoulder belt is the primary means of protection in a frontal crash. Without it, bodies can hit hard surfaces or other people at full speed, leading to serious injuries.”

As part of the study, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a simulated car crash. The findings? Vehicle drivers are twice as likely to be fatally injured in collision when the passenger behind the driver is not wearing their seat belt.

Collision Injuries

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that unbelted backseat collision injuries and deaths became of high interest after such incidents as the death of Princess Diana in 1997 and newsman Bob Simon in 2015. Jermakian states “That crash brought a lot of attention to the issue, but people still think they are safer in the backseat and they don’t need to buckle up.” However, Jermakian says that it is quite the opposite. “…The laws of physics aren’t suspended just because you’ve moved to the backseat. You still need to buckle up to get the best protection in a crash.”

In line with the old saying, seat belts do save lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is estimated that seatbelts saved 13,941 lives in 2015. When seatbelts are worn, the risk of death of front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent for cars and increases to 60 percent for passengers of SUVs, pickup trucks, or vans. The Administration additionally estimated that 2,800 deaths could be prevented if everyone buckled up when they got into a vehicle.

Buckle Up for Safety

So, buckling up is clearly important. But what are car companies and legislation makers doing make sure people buckle up?

A few things such as:

  • alert tones
  • warning lights
  • strong, well-communicated laws

And surprisingly, these things are encouraging passengers to buckle up. According to the IIHS study, 75 percent of the surveyed said they would buckle up if they were reminded to do so. Another 73 percent said they would buckle up if the driver was concerned about being pulled over for an infraction. 62 percent of those surveyed said they would buckle up if they had an audible reminder.

While car makers are listening to survey results and installing seat belt reminding technology, legislators are working to pass laws requiring drivers and passengers alike to wear seat belts. Currently, 29 states and Washington, D.C. require rear passengers to buckle up. Of those 30, 20 states have primary enforcement rules, or rather rules stating that police can pull over a car specifically because someone isn’t wearing a seat belt. Illinois is one of these states.

There is no new advice when it comes to wearing a seat belt.

It’s simple.

Buckle up!

Labor Day: More Cars on the Road Means More Risk

Labor Day: More Cars on the Road Means More RiskPlay it Safe This Labor Day Weekend

 

Situated at the end of summer and right before the start of the school year, Labor Day is one of the busiest holidays for getting out on the road. Whether it be visiting a neighboring town or taking a road trip across the state, travel on Labor Day weekend tends to be higher risk. When more cars flood the roads and heat causes irregularities in the asphalt, your risk of getting in an accident goes up. To make the most of your time off this Labor Day, always keep safety in mind.

 

You’ll likely be facing increased traffic and could encounter hazardous road conditions, construction work, or alcohol-impaired drivers along the way. All these factors can significantly increase your chance of getting in an accident.

 

Labor Day is quickly approaching, and if you have travel plans, you should keep the following summer driving tips in mind:

 

  • Get your car road ready. Check fluids and tire pressure, and make sure you have an emergency kit with items such as jumper cables and flares ready to go. Breaking down or experiencing a flat tire is not only inconvenient; it can also be dangerous depending on where you stop.

 

  • Know your route. Bring a printed map, and don’t rely solely on GPS in case reception is an issue.

 

  • Anticipate route changes. Make sure you are aware of any detours in your route that won’t be on a map, such as closed roads and lanes and construction zones.

 

  • Consider driving during non-peak times. Especially near metropolitan areas, driving during peak times can be dangerous as more cars are on the road. Consider early morning departures or driving in the late evening to reduce this risk.

 

Taking extra precautions when driving Labor Day weekend can reduce your risk of getting in an accident. If you are involved in an accident, however, consult with an experienced Arlington Heights auto accident attorney as soon as you can. An attorney can evaluate the facts and circumstances of your accident and walk you step by step through submitting a claim and seeking adequate compensation. Otherwise, have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!

 

If you’ve been in an accident and want to know your rights, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

 

Road Trip Troubles: Handling Out of State Accidents

Road Trip Troubles: Handling Out of State AccidentsSummer travel is synonymous with road trips. As the summer winds down, many Illinoisans hit the open road to enjoy one last adventure. But because of increased traffic, road construction, and common distractions, summer also tends to see an increase in auto accidents. Accidents are inconvenient at any time and any place but even more so when you’re out of state. Not only do you need to file a claim, but also you may be far from home and unfamiliar with the driving laws in that state. To deal with an out of state auto accident, follow these simple steps:

 

Contact your insurance agency to open a claim. You will be assigned an adjuster who will then inform you of what to do next. The claims process for an out of state accident can vary from provider to provider, so this should be your first step after helping others at the scene of the accident and reporting the accident to the authorities. Your adjuster can also brief you on your policy benefits, such as rental car allowances and towing.

 

Next, understand that your accident will be handled under that particular state’s jurisdiction, not necessarily your state of residence. This is important to remember because each state’s laws vary regarding issues such as liability and insurance minimums, which can complicate your case. Ideally, you would briefly familiarize yourself with the laws in the state(s) you plan on driving through and potentially talk to your insurance provider about adjusting your coverage to ensure you will meet that state’s minimum requirement. This can be a lot of legwork, especially if you are planning on driving straight through some states but know that many states have minimum insurance requirements that exceed those in Illinois.

 

You should also call an attorney. An experienced Arlington Heights auto accident attorney can help you understand how the laws in the state of your accident could affect your claim and your right to compensation. Although these types of cases can be a little more complex due to the jurisdiction, a good attorney can advise you on how to file a claim and seek the compensation you deserve.

 

Don’t let the risk of an accident spoil your road trip. This country is meant to be explored! Just make sure you keep a few safety tips in mind such as keeping your car well maintained and in road trip shape and reducing your distractions by leaving the navigation to someone else and keeping kids occupied in the back. These steps can help you stay safe on the road, so you can enjoy your trip.

 

Filing an insurance claim can be confusing, but Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

Safely Drive through Construction Zones

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According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, otherwise known as IDOT, over 4,500 motor vehicle crashes occur in construction zones on average each year. Of these 4,500 accidents, 1,100 resulted in injuries, and 27 resulted in fatalities. The Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. has provided you a list of current road projects.

The Illinois Crashing Report defines a work zone as “an area of a highway with construction, maintenance, or utility work activities.” Illinois marks construction zones with “signs, channelizing devices, barriers, pavement marking, and/or work vehicle.” An “end road work” sign signals the end of work and the resumption of typical roadway conditions.

In the Illinois Work Zone Fact Sheet, IDOT states that a motorist is more likely to be injured in a construction collision rather than a construction zone worker. With summer being the prime season for construction work, roadway collisions are being to occur at a typically higher rate. Last month, Johnson County police came upon an accident on Interstate 57. The accident was caused by a driver failing to slow down in a construction zone rear-ending the car in front and pushing it off the road. The driver then rear-ended two additional cars causing multiple drivers injury.

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