On April 21, 2022, a two-car crash occurred on route 47 around 8:30 pm that left the road closed off. The drivers of both vehicles were unfortunately pronounced dead on the scene.
Car crashes are common occurrences. Although we may feel safe behind the wheel, in reality, there are many factors other than our own driving experiences that can affect our path on the road. Weather, distractions, other drivers, and animals are some of the factors that could negatively impact our path.
You may think that because winter is over, and the roads are clear of ice and snow that driving will not be as dangerous. However, that is not the case. As we approach the coming months, other hazards are likely to happen on our roadways. Most notably, strong winds and heavy rains will be present. Strong winds can cause your vehicle to be pushed into other lanes or at times into the ditch. Rain can create a slick surface for your vehicle and may alter the amount of control you have altogether. Specifically, rain causes a phenomenon called “hydroplaning” to take place. Hydroplaning is when your vehicle loses traction and essentially skids on the road with no control at all. This happens most frequently on highways, or roads with a higher speed limit, that have an inconsistent level throughout. When experiencing hydroplaning, your reflexes may take over and cause you to take control of the wheel and jerk it in the opposite direction of where the water is pulling you. However, this can cause further loss of traction. When hydroplaning, it is recommended that you allow the vehicle to be pulled by the water briefly, while maintaining control of the steering wheel and pressing on your brakes slowly. This way you will have full control of the vehicle when you eventually reach traction.
Hydroplaning may cause other drivers to lose control of their vehicle and crash into you. If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a car crash that happened due to the fault of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, both physical and emotional. The attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. have practiced law regarding car crashes for over 15 years and are well versed in handling every type of car collision case where damage happens at the fault of someone else. To set up your free consultation, call (217) 328-2828 or visit our office located in Champaign today.