Driving in adverse weather conditions during the winter months can be challenging for even the most experienced Illinois drivers. The risk of car accidents increases when the roads are snowy, icy or wet. A recent fatal car accident in Chicago serves as a harsh reminder of the dangers of winter driving.
Two people died and two others sustained serious injuries after a vehicle fell around 43 feet off the Stevenson Expressway. Illinois State Police said a 2013 Hyundai Veloster was traveling “too fast for road conditions.” Its 27-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle, which hit a concrete barrier and went over it.
Officers said the car landed below on the grassy area on Archer Avenue and Robinson Street. It struck a light tower close to Ashland Avenue, knocking out the lights in both directions of the Stevenson Expressway.
The car had four occupants at the time of the collision. The driver and a 22-year-old woman were killed in the fatal car accident. A 21-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
Authorities did not identify the exact cause of the collision. However, a preliminary investigation showed the Hyundai was traveling at a high rate of speed. There was also a snowbank on the expressway where the vehicle went out of control.
Drivers need to be extra cautious when driving during the winter months. Practicing safe driving behaviors like reducing speed and ensuring there is enough following distance between vehicles can go a long way in preventing deadly crashes.
If a family member has been killed in a fatal car accident, the compassionate and skilled Chicago car accident lawyers at Briskman Briskman & Greenberg are here to help. We understand that no amount of money can ever truly heal the loss of a loved one.
However, you may be able to recover damages to ease the financial and emotional hardships resulting from your loved one’s death. It may be possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit to hold a negligent driver accountable for causing the fatal collision.