Car Crash Facts & Figures in Illinois

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People die or suffer severe injury in car accidents every day in Illinois and across the country. The following is a closer look at statistics of Chicago road accidents & facts surrounding these often devastating and costly crashes:

Over the 365 days of 2011 in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation says there were:

  • 281,788 crashes involving motor vehicles on Illinois roadways, or 772 car wrecks every day
  • 835 fatal car crashes resulting in the deaths of 918 people. That’s more than two people killed every day of the year in vehicle accidents.
  • 84,172 people injured in Illinois car crashes. That’s more than nine people injured every hour in a car wreck.
  • 11,942 people who suffered injuries in Illinois car crashes that prevented them from walking, driving, or normally continuing the activities they were capable of performing before the injury occurred. The injuries include severe lacerations, broken limbs, skull or chest injuries, and abdominal injuries.

Car crashes don’t hurt people only in Illinois, of course. Across the country in 2010 there were 32,885 people killed and 2,239,000 people injured in about 5,419,000 motor vehicle crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA also advises that in 2010:

  • 1,210 children age 14 and younger were killed and 171,000 children age 14 and younger were injured in car crashes.
  • 5,484 people age 65 and older were killed and 189,000 were injured in traffic crashes.

Why Do Car Crashes Happen in Illinois?

The Illinois Department of Transportation says:

  • 188 (38.1 percent) of 493 fatally injured drivers in Illinois in 2011 who were tested had a positive blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
  • 20 percent of the fatally injured drivers 16-20 years of age who were tested had a positive BAC.
  • 188 drivers and 90 passengers killed in car crashes in 2011 were not wearing a seat belt.

The Illinois State Police say:

  • Approximately 32 percent of all fatal crashes are speed-related. The National Safety Council says that across the country more than 13,000 people a year die in car crashes caused by speeding.

The use of a cell phone while driving (known as “distracted driving”) increases your chance of getting into a crash. Texting while driving is illegal in Illinois. Using a hand-held cell phone to talk while behind the wheel is illegal for drivers age 18 and younger in Illinois and is illegal for all drivers in Chicago and 10 other Illinois municipalities.

According to the NHTSA:

  • Drivers who use hand-held communication devices are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves, and texting while driving makes it 23 times more likely that a driver will get into a crash.
  • In 2010, 3,092 people died in the U.S. in crashes involving a distracted driver and about 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. In fact, 18 percent of all crashes causing bodily in 2010 involved a distracted driver.
  • Young drivers, in particular, have a high likelihood of being involved in a distracted driving accident. Eleven percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes in 2010 were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.

There are, in fact, many reasons people get into car crashes that are not counted in statistics compiled by governmental agencies and watchdog groups. Many accidents are caused by some form of driver error, usually rooted in some form of negligence or recklessness.

Contact a Lawyer Today If You Have Been Injured in a Car Crash

Proving negligence in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit based on a car crash can be complex. It takes time and the dedication of attorneys who have the proper experience and resources. Our attorneys can provide you with these advantages.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a traffic accident, protect your rights by contacting Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case. We represent clients throughout Chicago and Illinois, including residents of Cook and Lake counties. Call us today toll free or use our online form.

10 Deadliest Counties for Illinois Drivers

As part of our ongoing efforts to call attention to the consequences of unsafe driving, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., presents the following infographic on the “10 Deadliest Counties for Illinois Drivers.”

The graphic uses 2010 and 2011 data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and U.S. Census Bureau Illinois Quick Facts. It lists the counties in terms of motor vehicle accident deaths as a percentage of the county’s total population to show which counties present the highest risk for being involved in a fatal crash.

We invite you to view the complete list as well as other car, truck and motorcycle crash data presented in the graphic. For more information about your legal rights and options after a car wreck, please contact the car accident lawyers at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., at our toll-free number or take a moment to fill out our online form.

We provide free consultations and do not charge for our legal services unless you recover the compensation you deserve for your car accident injuries and other losses.

Infographic of the 10 Deadliest Counties for Drivers in Illinois