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Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics in Illinois

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illinois car accident lawyer, car accident statisticsOperating or riding in a motor vehicle has become virtually a necessity in today's world for many reasons. Many rely on their vehicle for everyday tasks such as grocery shopping, commuting to work or school, going to doctor's appointments, as well as a means of transportation for their entire families. Unfortunately, car and truck accidents happen quite frequently, and can have many unforeseen consequences in different areas of your life.

According to statistics provided by the United States Census Bureau, between 1990 and 2009 the United States averaged over 10 million motor vehicle accidents every year.

While not all motor vehicle accidents result in injuries or fatalities, even the smallest Illinois car accident can have a large impact on your life. There is much more to consider than just the cost of repairs for vehicles--which can be extensive--but also the effect the accident will have on your driving record or legal problems. It is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney no matter the size of the accident.

In the same period between 1990 and 2009, the State of Illinois alone averaged well over 1,000 fatalities per year attributed to motor vehicle accidents. About 1/3 of these crashes were a direct result of excessive speed by one or both parties.

This is a frightening statistic when you consider how often you are on the road and driving safely. Unfortunately, your own driving skill only matters to a certain extent because it is impossible to control the actions of others. Speed limits are posted for a reason, and making a conscious effort to heed them can help in circumventing a potentially crippling situation.

Distracted drivers account for about 20 percent of motor vehicle accidents involving injury, and 35 percent of Illinois traffic fatalities include a driver who was over the legal alcohol limit.

The truth is that most road fatalities are avoidable if both parties are operating their vehicle responsibly. However, there are many who are unable or unwilling to pay exclusive attention to driving; whether texting or talking on the phone, smoking a cigarette, or even drinking a cup of coffee, it takes a fraction of a second to lose control of a vehicle.

Alcohol and drug abuse has become epidemic in America, and intoxicated drivers are a danger to everyone on the road. Many other psychotropic substances exist that are much more difficult to test for as if alcohol was not a large enough problem. In addition, prescription narcotic medications further complicate this issue.

If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a motor vehicle accident in McHenry County or the Greater Chicago, Illinois area, you should seek professional legal aid. Contact an experienced Crystal Lake car accident attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC for any or all of your personal injury law needs.
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