Seat Belt Use and Fatal Traffic Accidents in IllinoisOf the 619 deaths of victims ages 5 years and older in passenger vehicles, the 2009 Illinois crash statistics show that 53% were known to be using seat belts at the time of the crash. It is estimated that 366 lives were saved because of seat belt use and that an additional 66 lives could have been saved if seat belt use was at 100%.
2009 Illinois Crash Statistics – Fatalities Related to Vehicle Type
The 2009 Illinois crash statistics offer a breakdown of traffic fatalities based on the type of vehicle in which the victim was riding.
Below is an overview of those figures:
- Passenger vehicle crashes – 416 fatalities.
- Light truck crashes – 90 fatalities.
- Utility truck crashes – 81 fatalities.
- Van crashes – 41 fatalities.
- Large truck crashes – 88 fatalities (note that the vast majority of fatal truck accident victims were in passenger vehicles or on motorcycles at the time of the crash).
- Bus crashes – 2 fatalities.
- Motorcycle crashes – 130 fatalities.
- Pedestrian accidents – 111 fatalities.
- Bicycle/cycling crashes – 20 fatalities.
While the 2009 Illinois crash statistics may give an indication as to the type of vehicle most at risk for an accident, it does not predict the likelihood of involvement in a crash in Chicago or the surrounding areas.
How a Chicago Injury Attorney Can Help
If you have been seriously injured in any type of traffic accident in Illinois, you will need the experience of a qualified Chicago injury attorney.
A Chicago injury attorney can help identify any negligent parties that may have been involved in your accident. An attorney can work with the insurance companies, file your paperwork, collect evidence and help you fight for the damages to which you may be entitled.
If your Illinois car accident was the result of someone else’s negligence and you are entitled to compensation, you are more likely to get a substantial amount if you have the help of a Chicago injury attorney.
Contact a Chicago Injury Attorney Today
A Chicago injury attorney at the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. has dealt with similar cases to yours and knows the best course of action for your car accident claim. To improve your chances at a fair settlement and take the burden out of all the paperwork involved in an Illinois personal injury claim, contact us today for a free case evaluation – 312-263-1080.