Elk Grove Village, Illinois, named for the elk who once the roamed the areas forest and grasslands, began as just 1,500 acres of residential and industrial areas with a population of only 116 people. Today, Elk Grove Village is nearly 7,000 acres large and is home to 33,000 residents, several highways, and the largest industrial park in North America. Elk Grove Village Business Park, while only five square miles, contains the second largest concentration of employment in the state of Illinois, with approximately 100,000 people commuting here for work.
Additionally, Elk Grove Village is just to the west of O’Hare International Airport. With the airport so close, many hotels can be found in Elk Grove. Elk Grove also has many facilities that are incredibly useful for the region, including Alexian Brothers Medical Center, which is ranked as one of the top medical centers in Chicago. However, even at the top medical centers, injuries can occur where you may need to consult an experienced lawyer. If you or a loved one has been injured during a medical procedure, call the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. today for a free consultation., and the Fox Run Golf Links Course. Busse Woods also still has several of the namesake elk for visitors to see.
Driving Safely In Elk Grove Village
With all those commuters, it is convenient that Elk Grove can be accessed by I-90, I-355, I-290, and the new I-390 (the former Elgin-O’Hare Expressway). It feels as if the Rebuilding and Widening Project has been the culprit of the construction on the Jane Addams Expressway for ages! Highway construction presents an added element of danger both for drivers and for construction workers. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, there were more than 87,000 crashes in construction work zones in 2010, nearly 1/3 of which resulted in injury. When you are involved and injured in a car accident, contact a personal injury attorney. If you have been hurt in a car accident in Elk Grove, Illinois, contact the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. today for a free consultation.
Roadway Worker Injuries in Construction Zone Accidents
Those who build, repair, and maintain highways in Elk Grove Village work in a uniquely dangerous environment. From 2003 to 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked Illinois the third highest state for construction work zone fatalities. 66% of fatalities were caused by vehicle accidents with a majority of them involving a car and a pedestrian worker. Most of the other injuries suffered by those working in construction zones involved backing vehicles. If you have been injured by a construction accident, contact the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. for a free consultation.
As many major expressways surround Elk Grove Village, residents need to be aware of the dangers confronted by construction zone workers and negligent drivers when they drive on these major thoroughfares. The simplest way to reduce highway fatalities of construction zones workers is to follow the Safety and Health Regulations for Construction disseminated by the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA regulations specify the proper use of accident prevention signs, signals, and barricades in order to keep both highway workers and drivers safe. Additionally, constructions workers need to have adequate training before they are sent to work on a highway can promote a better understanding of potential hazards associated with highways, which can minimize workplace accidents. OSHA, along with several other organizations makes up, The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners, who issue guidance and information on tools and best practices to keep construction workers safe.
Driver Injuries in Construction Zone Accidents
Work zone speed limits, road markings, and posted signs advising drivers of the enormous fine for speeding or hitting a worker deters drivers from getting in accidents near highway construction zones. Unfortunately, highway construction zone accidents still occur on the highways in Elk Grove Village and if personal injuries are sustained, the important part of a legal claim is who was at fault. The driver may have failed to obey the posted work zone speed limit or was not paying attention to the marked lane changes. Other times the construction crew may be liable if the work zone was unmarked or workers were in the lane of traffic. Filing a lawsuit as a driver who was injured in a construction zone accident will all depend on fault.
If you are the victim of construction zone negligence in Elk Grove Village, the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, LTD. can help file your legal claim but preventing or minimizing the frequency of construction zone accidents in the first place is ideal. Here are some tips for drivers to navigate construction zones safely:
- Obey the posted speed limit! Slowing down while passing through a work zone area is the best way to prevent accidents because it allows drivers time to see lane markers and react to hazards.
- Turn on your headlights! Although most construction zone fatalities occur during daytime hours, keeping your headlights on better ensures that construction workers and other vehicles see you.
- Be patient! Rear-end crashes are the most common type of work zone crash. Construction zones can be frustrating but are an inescapable part of driving around Elk Grove Village so take your time and maintain a safe following distance.
Family Friendly Locations in Elk Grove
On Biesterfield Rd., Pirates’ Cove Children’s Theme Park provides parents with a great location to bring their children in the summer. Open from June through August, Pirates’ Cove stimulates and encourages creativity and imagination in the minds of children. Who doesn’t like to imagine being a pirate?
Additionally, at the corner of Higgins Rd. and Arlington Heights Rd., families can visit Busse Woods, 3,700 acre preserve with a 590 acre lake and 11.2 miles of bicycle and running trails that actually have elk. And after a fun visit, you can go bowling at Elk Grove Bowl, right across the street. Call today to learn more.