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Danville Auto Accident Lawyers

jon phillips
Danville Auto Accident Lawyers

Illinois roads can be dangerous. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 957 deaths in 887 auto accidents in 2012, an increase over 2011. Of the 887 fatal accidents, 130 happened in Chicago, reflecting a 19 percent increase over 2011. For all of Cook County, there were 243 fatal car crashes, more than 27 percent of the state’s total.

Laws are in place to protect the rights of injured victims and the families of those who lost a loved one in an auto accident. As Chicago car accident lawyers we strive to protect your rights.

With a team of experts, including safety engineers, accident reconstructionists, and forensics specialists, we conduct thorough research into the facts of your automobile accident.

Many different factors and circumstances can lead to an accident. Organizations such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) routinely monitor accident facts and figures. The following are the most common reasons why car accidents happen.

  • Distracted driving due to cell phones or texting

  • Drunk driving and intoxicated driving

  • Speeding and reckless driving

  • Rain, fog and other bad weather

  • Running red lights

  • Night driving and poor lighting

  • Vehicle design defects

  • Tailgating

  • Wrong-way driving and improper turns

  • Young teen drivers (or inexperienced drivers)

Where Do Most Highway Accidents Happen? What Roads Are Most Dangerous?

There are certain locations that tend to be more dangerous and risky for drivers. According to the NHTSA’s Report to Congress:

  • 36% of accidents happen at or near intersections

  • 22% of accidents happen because a vehicle runs off the road

  • 12% of car accidents occur while the vehicle is stopped (i.e. parked or disabled on the side of the road)

  • 11% of vehicles crash because they didn’t stay in the proper lane or changed lanes improperly

  • 9% of car crashes happen when a driver loses control due to bad weather, a blown tire or another event

What Percentage of Car Accidents Are Fatal?

Auto accident fatalities vary dramatically from state to state, according to figures from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These figures are generally not calculated in percentages, but rather, by the number of accidents per 100,000 people.

To illustrate the degree of variance by state, in 2015, the District of Columbia saw a fatality rate of 3.4 people per 100,000, while Wyoming saw a fatality rate of 24.7 per 100,000 people. In 2015 — the most recent figures available — the U.S. saw 32,166 fatal car crashes, resulting in 35,092 deaths.

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