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Reminder to stay safer this Independence Day

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accident

Earlier this week, the Illinois Tollway issued a press release to remind travelers to keep their focus on driving and not allow themselves to get distracted by other things.

There are over 9 million cars and trucks that are expected to be on the roads during the six-day holiday period from July 3rd through the 8th. Just on July 3 alone, nearly 2 million drivers are anticipated to travel on the Tollway’s 294 miles.

More traffic brings more accidents

With so many additional cars and trucks on the roads over the extended holiday period, there will inevitably be collisions. Some of those will be minor fender-benders with only vehicular damage. But others, unfortunately, will not be so lucky.

Distracted driving can and does kill people. Other injured victims can be left with permanent, life-altering injuries that lower the quality of their lives for decades to come. That’s why it is so important to put down cellphones and other distractions so you can arrive alive at your destination.

Construction zones heighten the hazards

Even while most of America will be celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks, beach trips and backyard barbecues, the road construction workers in their orange vests may still be toiling in the hot sun improving our state highways. 

Construction zones are inherently dangerous, with fast-moving traffic whizzing by mere inches from the workers. When drivers are intoxicated or simply distracted, they can inflict terrible damage on innocent victims.

What you can do following an accident

Sometimes, no matter how carefully you drive, wrecks are unavoidable. But if you are the victim of another driver’s negligence, you deserve a path to civil justice. Learning more about your right to compensation for your losses and damages can help you determine your next move.