An Edens Expressway accident occurred on Friday (January 25, 2019) night. The crash, which involved at least four cars, is being attributed to inclement weather and adverse weather conditions.
The accident is discussed in the January 25, 2019 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Multi-Vehicle Crash on Edens Closes All Outbound Lanes Near Bryn Mawr.”
As seen in the article, this Edens Expressway accident happened near Bryn Mawr at approximately 9:40 p.m. At that time area roadways were slick due to snow and ice conditions.
There are a number of steps one can take in order to drive more safely in adverse weather conditions.
The Illinois Department of Transportation, in a January 18, 2019 media release titled “Snow, plummeting temps, strong winds, bring challenging travel conditions this weekend” (pdf), provided various tips with regard to safe driving in adverse weather conditions.
Among the tips discussed in the media release include:
- Use extra caution in areas susceptible to ice, including ramps, bridges, curves and shady areas.
- Always wear a seat belt. It’s the law and your best protection in the event of a crash.
- If you are involved in a crash, remain inside your vehicle. Exiting your vehicle near a busy roadway can have fatal consequences.
There are many benefits of wearing a seat belt. Despite various other safety devices that have been introduced in recent years, wearing a seat belt continues to be one of the primary ways to avoid more serious injuries if you are involved in an accident. The benefits are further discussed on the “Seat Belts And Their Safety Benefits” page. As seen on that page, one of the primary benefits of wearing a seat belt is that the restraint likely prevents the vehicle occupant from being ejected (i.e. thrown from) the vehicle in the event of a crash.