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Chicago car accident lawyers examine state accident data

Illinois reduced fatal accidents across the board in 2008, even seeing a drop in fatal motorcycle accidents, despite a rise in motorcycle deaths nationwide, which increased from 5,174 deaths in 2007 to 5,290 deaths in 2008.

Chicago accident lawyers at Abels & Annes are publishing the results of the annual release of accident data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While the Chicago area is still the state’s most dangerous, the reduction in fatal accidents is certainly good news for motorists.

Yet getting into an automobile is the most dangerous thing most of us do on a daily basis. Frequent review of safe-driving habits is always a good idea. And those who are injured through no fault of their own have a right to recover damages from a negligent driver.

More than 700 of this year’s fatal accidents — or 7 of every 10 fatal crashes — were caused by just two of the roads deadliest violators: drunk drivers and speeders.

Traffic Fatalities
Total: 1,043 in 2008 compared to 1,248 in 2007
Rural: 501 in 2008 compared to 433 in 2007
Urban: 609 in 2008 compared to 747 in 2007

Passenger vehicle occupant fatalities

Restrained: 722 in 2008 compared to 861 in 2007
Unrestrained: 339 in 2008 compared to 395 in 2007

Alcohol-impaired fatalities
362 in 2008 compared to 439 in 2007

Speed-related fatalities

385 in 2008 compared to 523 in 2007

Motorcycle fatalities

Total: 133 in 2008 compared to 157 in 2007
Helmeted: 32 in 2008 compared to 28 in 2007
Unhelmeted: 96 in 2008 compared to 121 in 2007

Drivers involved in fatal crashes

Total: 1,434 in 2008 compared to 1,709 in 2007
Aged Under 15: 4 in 2008 compared to 2 in 2007
Aged 15-20: 142 in 2008 compared to 252 in 2007
Aged under 21: 146 in 2008 compared to 254 in 2007
Aged 21 and over: 1,255 in 2008 compared to 1,415 in 2007.

Pedestrians
135 in 2008 compared to 171 in 2007


If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a Chicago car accident, motorcycle accident or pedestrian accident, the personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at Abels & Annes offer free appointments to discuss your rights. Call (866) 99-ABELS. There is no fee unless you win.