ABC 7 Eyewitness News reports a crash early Halloween morning on DuSable Lake Shore Drive that took the lives of two people and injured four others.
A man and woman were killed in a crash on DuSable Lake Shore Drive on the South Side Monday night, Chicago police said.
The victims were traveling in a Nissan sedan southbound in the 3000-block of DuSable Lake Shore Drive at about 8:48 p.m. when police said they were hit by a Chevy sedan changing lanes.
The Nissan sedan then lost control and struck a tree, police said.
The driver and a passenger in the Nissan were killed, and two other passengers were injured in critical condition. The driver of the Chevy and their passenger were also taken to a hospital in fair condition.
The accident is currently under investigation by the CPD Major Accidents Unit. Our hearts go out to everyone involved in this terrible crash, especially to the families of the victims.
Why lane change accidents can be deadly
Lane shift and lane change car accidents can be particularly deadly for several reasons, including the following:
- When a driver attempts to change lanes, the speed of their vehicle may differ significantly from the vehicles in the adjacent lane. This speed differential can result in a sudden collision with significant force, making it more likely for the impact to cause severe injuries or fatalities.
- Further, blind spots, also known as areas around a vehicle not visible to the driver in their mirrors, can obstruct the view of other vehicles in adjacent lanes. Failing to check blind spots before changing lanes can lead to collisions, especially on multi-lane highways.
- Lane changes also typically involve rapid and often unexpected maneuvers. Drivers may not anticipate these sudden lane changes, making it difficult for them to react in time to avoid a collision.
- Distracted driving, such as using a cell phone, adjusting the radio, or eating, can impair a driver’s ability to monitor their surroundings and react quickly when changing lanes, increasing the risk of accidents.
- If a driver fails to signal their intent to change lanes or neglects to check for other vehicles in the intended lane, it can result in unsafe lane changes and potentially deadly collisions.
- Aggressive behaviors like tailgating, weaving in and out of lanes, and aggressive lane changes can increase the likelihood of accidents, including deadly ones.
- When a lane change is executed too suddenly, it reduces the time other drivers have to react and avoid a collision, making accidents more likely to result in serious injuries or fatalities.
- Sudden lane changes, especially at high speeds, can cause vehicles to lose stability and potentially roll over, which can lead to deadly accidents. Lane change accidents also often involve multiple points of contact between vehicles, increasing the complexity of the collision and the potential for serious injuries.
Some vehicles are not equipped with advanced safety features like blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, or collision avoidance systems. These technologies can help prevent or mitigate the severity of lane change accidents.
To reduce the risk of lane change accidents, drivers should practice defensive driving techniques, including checking blind spots, signaling their intent to change lanes, maintaining a safe following distance, and avoiding distractions. Additionally, adhering to traffic laws and regulations, such as speed limits and safe merging practices, can significantly improve everyone’s safety on the road.
If you have been involved in a lane change or any other type of car accident, talk to the Chicago lawyers at Gainsberg Law today. We can help you seek compensation for your damages and losses, and help you through the entire process while you take the time you need to recover from your injuries. To schedule a consultation with an experienced member of our team, simply call our offices or fill out our contact form today.
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