The truth is that every driver is responsible for the actions that they take. When road conditions are bad, as they certainly were this winter in Chicago, drivers need to take extra precautions. These extra precautions may include leaving extra space between your car and the car ahead or it may include driving slower than the posted speed limit.
In a personal injury case, a driver’s actions are weighed under the standard of the reasonable person under the same or similar circumstances. Would a reasonable person drive slower when the snow is falling and the roads are slick? Of course, it helps reduce the accident risk if the roads are clear, which is why the Illinois Department of Transportation has put its hand out to lawmakers.