According to figures from the Federal Highway Administration from 2011, Illinois’s interstates were the 5th busiest in the nation. As any resident of the Chicagoland area knows, Interstate 65 is one of the city of Chicago’s main arteries, particularly for commuters from Northern Indiana, and a highway that millions of commuters depend upon to get to their homes, schools and back on a daily basis. I-65, as most Chicago residents know it, runs in a north south direction from Gary, Indiana all the way to Mobile, Alabama.
Along the way it passes through and connects some of the Midwest and South’s major cities and largest metropolitan areas, including Indianapolis, Louisville, and Nashville. I-65 is also one of the nation’s busiest highways, so busy in fact that some Indiana lawmakers have proposed making it a toll road to raise revenue for the state.
I-65 is also one of the nation’s most dangerous highways. As any Chicago/Northern Indiana area resident will tell you, accidents on I-65 are a daily occurrence. Many times these accidents even involve serious injuries or even fatalities.
For instance, in February of this year, a severe accident claimed the lives of two motorists as reported by WGN. As noted by WGN, a Ford Windstar minivan sped up as it attempted to pass a Chevrolet Cavalier sedan but the driver of the minivan lost control of his vehicle, leading him to sideswipe the Cavalier. The driver of the Cavalier lost control of his vehicle and it rolled over, causing two occupants to be ejected from the vehicle. Both died, while the driver of the minivan suffered minor injuries in the accident.
In November 2015, a motorcyclist was killed in an accident on I-65 in Gary when his motorcycle crossed the center lane and struck the median, before the driver was ejected and eventually hit by a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction, as reported by the NWI Times.
In July 2015, five people were killed when a tanker truck failed to slow down when entering a construction zone on I-65 near Lafayette, Indiana, setting off a crash which involved the tanker truck and two private vehicles at approximately midnight on a Friday. This particular accident shut down a 20 mile stretch of I-65 for hours, according to ABC 7.
These are just several examples of how dangerous this particular highway can be.
If you drive on I-65 on a regular basis, make sure to practice defensive driving techniques to decrease your chances of becoming involved in an accident. Never use a handheld device, particularly in heavy traffic. Always maintain a safe rate of speed and avoid erratic driving or weaving in and out of lanes, particularly in heavy or densely packed traffic.
If you have been injured in an auto accident on I-65 or any other highway in the Chicago area, contact an Illinois attorney right away. Many cases involving personal injuries suffered in a car accident go to court, and you’ll want an experienced accident attorney by your side when negotiating with the driver who hit you and his or her insurance company. Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 to learn how our personal injury attorneys can help you or your loved one after an auto accident.