The Illinois Department of Transportation reported that the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 in Springfield were closed due to a major accident involving five vehicles. The accident occurred near the Crystal Lake Avenue exit around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities reported several accidents in the surrounding area due to steady snowfall. Road conditions were the cause of most of the accidents and IDOT said the roads were covered in ice and snow. Fortunately, only two people were transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Car crashes that are classified as weather related typically have low visibility and/or lane obstructions. Although inclimate weather can make operating a vehicle more difficult, weather cannot be blamed for the lack of precautions taken by a driver. Drivers are required to reduce speed, allow sufficient distance between vehicles, and remain focused and undistracted.
Families of victims, and victims themselves, who have been injured or killed in an auto accident have the right to file a claim. Insurance companies can make it difficult to recover compensation in an auto accident. Especially, accidents that are defined as weather related due to the fact that they can be difficult in proving that the driver was actually negligent. Therefore, it is imperative to contact an auto accident lawyer in order for your accident to be fully investigated.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth are experienced with auto accident claims and can help you or someone you know who has been in an auto accident. We have a track record of recovering millions of dollars due to accidents and helping clients recover from their traumatic experience. Our personal injury attorneys are licensed in Missouri and Illinois. We have logged thousands of hours on the phone with insurance companies and recovered millions of dollars for medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage. We have over 95 years of combined experience. Please contact us at (314) 300-3000 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation assessment of your potential accident case.