December deadliest month for Illinois car accidents

December is the deadliest month for Illinois car accidents, according to data released by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The Chicago car accident lawyers and the personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Abels & Annes have published several reports examining contributing factors for winter Chicago car accidents, including:

Wet and Snowy Roads: Of the 950 fatal Illinois traffic accidents in 2008, one in three occurred on wet, icy or snowy roads, IDOT reported.

Dark Winter Commute: More than half of all fatal Illinois car accidents occur after dark.

Chicago Drunk Driving Accidents: In 2007, nearly 1,500 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In Illinois, 18 people were killed and more than 1,400 hundred injured in drunk driving accidents during the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday.

Urban Driving: IDOT reports almost half of all fatal Illinois traffic accidents in 2008 occurred in the 5-county area around Chicago.

Teen Driving: Statistics show teens are at especially high risk for traffic accidents during the holidays.

IDOT monthly traffic fatalities:
January: 83
February: 70
March: 73
April: 87
May: 89
June: 90
July: 100
August: 82
September: 79
October: 92
November: 92
December: 106
IDOT’s Operation Save 100 campaign aims to reduce Illinois traffic fatalities by at least 100 deaths before year’s end. Prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday, 781 people had died on Illinois roads so far this year, compared to 883 during the same period last year.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an accident, contact the Chicago car accident attorneys and personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call (866) 99-ABELS. There is no fee unless you win.

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