On Friday, December 3rd, two cars collided, one traveling northbound and another traveling westbound, shortly after 3pm in Piatt County, Illinois. The vehicle traveling northbound carried much of the impact, as both the driver and passenger were transported immediately to Carle Hospital. Unfortunately, both were pronounced dead within the hour. The driver of the westbound car was treated at Kirby Hospital but was able to leave with minimal damage.
Car crashes are an extremely real and extremely dangerous threat to everyone, especially in the Northern States during the Wintertime. During this holiday season, many will be traveling to see family, making the roads busier than normal. Furthermore, as the temperature begins steadily dropping, we can only proceed with more caution. Soon, the roads will be full of snow, ice, and other dangers. To remain safe whilst traveling, we must consider these tips:
- Make sure your tires are fit for driving during the cold. This includes having tires that are fit to drive in snow/ice, as well as making sure your tire pressure is within the acceptable range. Check the condition of your tires by measuring the tread, pressure, and overall age.
- Carry a window scraper in your car. It is important to scrape off any snow or ice during the winter months to have the most visibility possible. Before you operate your vehicle, you must assess the condition and visibilities of your mirrors, windows, and windshields.
- Allow your car to heat up before driving. Sometimes you may be in a rush to get somewhere but leaving yourself an extra five minutes before going somewhere may be the key to your safety. Allowing your car to heat up before you leave ensures that your windows will be completely clear.
- Drive with more caution. As there may be ice or snow on the road, you must drive with increased caution and at a lower speed. Driving slower means you will have better traction with the road.
- Leave more distance between you and the driver ahead of you. With ice or black ice, it is vital to leave extra space between vehicles as the stopping time is longer.
Although there are many things we can do to attempt to prevent vehicle collisions from happening, sometimes we do all the right things and still end up in a collision due to someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a vehicle crash at the fault of someone else that resulted in a serious injury, or worse, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to understand the steps we can take to receive the most help. First, seek medical attention. Taking care of yourself is the top priority. Next, you can speak with an attorney who practices the law surrounding car crashes. The attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. are experienced and compassionate. Spiros Law, P.C. lawyers will fight endlessly to get you what you deserve. Call (217) 328-2828 to set up your free consultation today, or visit one of our three offices located in Champaign, Kankakee, and Danville.