Record Levels on the Illinois Tollways

For many Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of the summer. As we enjoy our last holiday weekend of the summer, lets not forget what this weekend is all about and pay tribute to all the working men and women and the contributions they have made to the strength and prosperity of our country.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that this Labor Day weekend may be the Illinois Tollway’s busiest ever. The traffic congestion can be attributed to the improving economy and the decline in gas prices in the Chicago area. Tollway officials are predicting a record 7.2 million drivers will travel the system Friday through Tuesday.

Unfortunately with an increase in traffic, comes an increase in the likelihood of an accident. Watch for speeding and make sure you not distracted while driving. Collisions can be extremely serious as so many drivers navigate the busy roadways and construction zones. This was the case as reported by the Chicago Tribune. A truck driver from Indiana was involved in an accident on Interstate 55 in which five people died. Allegedly, the truck driver was speeding through a construction zone, failed to decrease his speed or keep a proper lookout, and had physical conditions that limited his visual ability. As a result of the accident, the truck driver has been charged with reckless homicide.

With so many drivers on the road, we urge you to be especially safe as you travel this weekend. Before you pull out of the garage, make sure your auto insurance policy is effective and allows for sufficient coverage – whether you are at fault or the innocent party. And worst case scenario, if you are involved in an accident, make sure you take the proper steps to protect your rights.

If you were involved in an accident, it’s important to immediately contact a lawyer who can advise you of your rights and responsibilities. Call us for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured by a reckless and negligent individual. Our experienced attorneys can help you recover compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death suit.

Related news:

  • Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the bill to raise speed limits on urban segments of toll roads on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, which remains at 55 mph. The bill was also opposed by the Tollway, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police.
  • The Illinois Tollway announced today that beginning October 1, 2014 they will lower the cost of getting an I-Pass transponder for those who open a new account. They will also allow existing customers to have the minimum rate to replenish their I-Pass accounts.