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Breaking Down Illinois Vehicle Crash Statistics

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Breaking Down Illinois Vehicle Crash StatisticsThe Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reported that there were more than 319,000 crashes involving vehicles in the state in 2018. About 21 percent of those crashes resulted in injury, and less than one percent involved fatalities. If you are one of the unfortunate people who are injured in a vehicle accident, you may be able to recover personal injury compensation if another driver was at fault. You can also file a wrongful death claim if a loved one was killed in a vehicle accident caused by another driver’s negligence. You cannot predict whether you will be involved in a traffic crash, but IDOT’s 2018 Crash Facts and Statistics provides interesting information on when crashes most often happen, what types of crashes are most common, and who gets injured.

When Crashes Take Place

You might think that the majority of traffic crashes happen late at night on the weekends because that is when people are most likely to be drinking and driving. Actually, the two days of the week with the most crashes are Friday and Thursday, and more than two-thirds of crashes occur from 8 a.m. to 7:59 p.m. There are more people driving during the daytime on weekdays, and rush hour traffic causes numerous crashes. However, crashes involving death or severe injury were more likely to happen from 4 p.m. to 3:59 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Types of Crashes

The most common types of vehicle crashes were, in order:

  • Rear-end collisions
  • Collisions while turning
  • Collisions with a parked car
  • Sideswiping by vehicles heading the same direction
  • Collisions with fixed objects
  • Collisions at an angle

Rear-end collisions were by far the most common type of crash (more than 91,000) and also caused the most injuries (almost 20,000). However, rear-end collisions caused fewer severe injuries than turning collisions or fixed object collisions. Fixed object collisions and head-on collisions caused the most fatalities among vehicle occupants.

Demographic Data

Drivers age 20 to 29 were involved in the most crashes resulting in injury. Teenagers had the highest rate of injury per the number of licensed drivers, likely due to their inexperience. As far as gender, more women than men were injured in crashes, but more men were severely injured or killed in those crashes.

Contact a McHenry County Personal Injury Lawyer

Injuries from vehicle crashes range from seemingly minor bumps and bruises to severe injuries that may cause disability, disfigurement or death. Even if you did not suffer a catastrophic injury, you are still entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and suffering. A Crystal Lake, Illinois, personal injury attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, has helped numerous crash victims receive the damages they deserve. Schedule a free consultation by calling 815-338-3838.



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