Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Reminds Drivers They are Responsible for Accidents in Snow and Ice

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Chicago lawyer David J. Pritchard of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. says drivers and pedestrians injured in weather-related car accidents should get legal help to protect their rights.

David J. Pritchard

Snow and ice are not an excuse if you, as a driver, do not take proper precautions and are the cause of a car accident that injures another driver or pedestrian or harms private property.

Illinois personal injury lawyer David J. Pritchard reminds drivers that even as record snowstorms continue to hit the Midwest, those who get behind the wheel remain responsible for injuries caused by reckless driving.

“Snow and ice are not an excuse if you, as a driver, do not take proper precautions and are the cause of a car accident that injures another driver or pedestrian or harms private property,” said Pritchard, an equity partner in Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, an Illinois personal injury law firm with offices in Lake and Cook counties.

“And if you are the one injured, snow and ice won’t negate your rights,” Pritchard said. “Regardless of weather conditions, reckless drivers must be held accountable legally and, when appropriate, with civil action for the harm they cause.”

Pritchard and his law firm, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, say that the Illinois Department of Transportation provides a list of tips for safe winter driving, such as:

  •     Drive slower and increase your following distance. Adjust your speed and match the flow of traffic. Be on the lookout for stalled or abandoned vehicles in and beside the roadway.
  •     Roadway conditions may vary depending on the sun, shade or roadway surface. Watch for slick spots especially under bridges, on overpasses and in shaded spots. Be prepared to react physically and mentally.
  •     On pavement covered with snow or ice, start slowly and brake gently. Begin braking early when you come to an intersection.
  •     If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you regain traction, then straighten your vehicle.
  •     When approaching a snow plow from behind, pass with care and only when you can see the road ahead of the plow. Do not try to pass in blowing snow. There may be a vehicle in that cloud of snow!

A person hurt by a negligent driver may be able file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages from the person who caused the injury or, in some cases, that person’s employer. Likewise, if a person dies because of injuries suffered in a car accident caused by careless driving, his or her survivors may pursue a wrongful death claim.

Pritchard and the other attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard work diligently to help individuals who have been injured receive the damages they are entitled to. Anyone who has been harmed by a car accident involving another party should consult Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard’s website. It may be possible to recover damages for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses if another person is found to have caused your injuries through their negligence.

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard is a leading Illinois personal injury law firm with offices in Chicago and Waukegan. In addition to representing clients in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, aviation and product liability cases, the firm focuses on car and truck accidents, airplane and train accidents, construction injuries, birth injuries, brain injuries, unsafe properties and animal attacks. The firm has obtained more than $585 million on behalf of its clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including 160 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. For more information, call (312) 372-1227 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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