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4 Common Causes of Winter Accidents in Illinois

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There are always countless hazards on the road when we drive, but the danger increases significantly during the winter. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 150,000 auto crashes occur annually due to icy roads. To help you and your family remain safe this winter, our Rockford car accident attorneys list the most common accidents to look out for this winter.

#1: Impaired Vision

Snowy days can make it difficult for drivers to get a complete sense of their surroundings – making it easy to collide with other vehicles. Falling snow or windshields full of snow can make it difficult to clearly see, which increases the chances of getting into an accident.

#2: Black Ice

Black ice is the layer of ice on the road that is unseen by drivers because it blends with asphalt. Black ice can be extremely dangerous for drivers on the road since drivers don’t often notice it – causing them to lose control and collide with surrounding vehicles.

#3: Speeding

Unfortunately, winter weather conditions can delay routine schedules – pressuring drivers to speed to their destination. However, drivers should drive slowly and cautiously. Driving too fast can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles.

#4: Difficulty Breaking

Icy roads can make it even more difficult for drivers to brake quickly. Drivers need to give themselves enough time and space to brake without colliding with another vehicle. Drivers who fail to slow down sooner than usual may find themselves in a rear-end collision.

Injured in an Accident?

If you were injured in an accident this winter, you might be dealing with extensive medical bills, lost wages, and more. If you sustained your injuries because of another driver’s negligent behavior, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team at Reno & Zahm LLP can review your accident and determine if you have a case. Our legal team is equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today at (815) 987-4050 to schedule a consultation!

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