Sometimes it helps to know you are not alone. That may be especially true if you have been involved in an automobile accident. You can look at 2016 Illinois annual car accident statistics to get more information about car crashes that occurred in the State of Illinois.
Car Accidents by the Numbers
Approximately 9 million people are licensed to drive in the State of Illinois. Many people are on the road at the same time, especially in peak driving hours. It makes sense that some of those automobiles on the might collide with each other or with someone or something else. General statistics include:
At least 324,473 accidents were reported in 2016.
People were injured in 66,703 accidents.
1,000 crashes resulted in fatalities.
Types of Car Accidents
All automobile crashes are not the same. Some involve property damage, others involve physical trauma. Accidents may involve collisions with:
- Other Cars. Most automobile accidents occurred when one car collided with another car, whether it was a fender bender or a multi-car pileup.
- Pedestrians. Only about 1.5 percent of crashes involved pedestrians.
- Other Vehicles. Motorcycles were only in 1.1 percent of crashes but accounted for 15.2 percent of fatalities. About 3.5 percent of accidents involved tractor-trailers. However, 10.6 percent of tractor-trailer accidents resulted in a fatality.
- Animals. Almost 16,000 accidents involved a car hitting an animal.
Types of Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents
In 2016, at least 1,078 people died from automobile accidents. Most crashes do not involve a fatality, however. In fact, there’s a wide range of injuries from car crashes, including:
- Soft tissue injuries (whiplash),
- Broken bones,
- Severe lacerations,
- Head and chest injuries,
- Internal injuries, and
- Bruises and abrasions.
Car Crashes Are About More Than Numbers
People’s lives are changed after an auto accident. They may suffer loss of income, high medical bills, and post-traumatic stress. Some people do not get the kind of financial recovery they deserve after suffering injuries and property damage in a car accident.
If you have been hurt in an automobile accident in the Chicago-Elmwood Park area, get the legal representation you need. Schedule a free consultation by calling Osvaldo Rodriguez, PC at 708-716-3441 or complete the form on our Contact page.
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