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:
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:
The Illinois Department of Transportation says:
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:
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.
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.
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 accident, please call 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 injuries and other losses.