Car accidents continue to be a common occurrence in Chicago, causing serious and potentially fatal injuries to drivers and their passengers. As Chicago personal injury attorneys, we help victims in these accidents hold responsible parties accountable, so they can get the compensation they need to recover. Based on our experience and reports by traffic safety experts, the following highlights some of the most common causes of these collisions.
According to the latest car accident statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were more than 300,000 car crashes reported in Illinois during 2017. Of these, roughly half occurred in Cook County. While road, weather, and traffic conditions are often contributing factors in these accidents, the fact is that the majority can be attributed to the reckless and negligent actions of other drivers involved. The following are four of the most common causes:
IDOT reports that speed was a factor in more than 40% of Illinois collisions. Exceeding posted speeds, along with driving too fast for conditions, not only makes accidents more likely, it also increases the force of impact. As a result, injuries in these crashes tend to be more severe.
Distracted driving refers to using cell phones, texting, or engaging in other activities that cause you to take your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel. Driving and using a handheld device is against the law in our area, but the Illinois Secretary of State advises that even seemingly harmless activities, such as changing radio and GPS setting or reaching for items in the back seat could put you at risk.
In Chicago, drivers can easily become frustrated with traffic conditions, causing them to behave in an aggressive manner with others on the road. Behaviors such as tailgating, improper passing, and failing to yield are common and increase your risk of car accidents and injuries.
Despite aggressive public relations campaigns and the efforts of law enforcement, IDOT reports that driving under the influence continues to be a factor in nearly 30% of car crashes. In addition to alcohol, driving under the influence of prescription or even over the counter medication impacts your judgment and reaction time enough to make car accidents more likely.
When you or someone you care about is injured in a car accident, our Chicago personal injury attorneys provide the compassionate client service and professional legal representation you need. Call or contact the Arami Law Office online and request a consultation to discuss your case and how we can help you today.
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